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Wilkinson Eyre among trio vying for new Scottish landmark

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Wilkinson Eyre has been named on a three-strong shortlist to design a new ‘contemporary icon’ at the Scotland-England border in Gretna.

Selected from more than 100 entries, the practice is joined by ex-Arup engineer to the stars Cecil Balmond and American artist Ned Kahn in the contest to design an Angel of The North-type landmark for the five acre site.

The teams will now work with landscape artist Charles Jencks the creative director on the £3million project.

According to a spokesman, ‘The Great Unknown’ structure will be a ’ monumental contemporary Scottish landmark that will signify Scotland’s border with England and herald the main national gateway into Scotland at Gretna’.

A winner is expected to be named next summer (2011). For more details click here.


Charles Jencks, International architectural theorist and land artist.
Andrew Dixon, Chief Executive of Creative Scotland
Professor Allan Walker, Deputy Director of Glasgow School of Art
Alasdair Houston, Tourism stakeholder and landowner
Laura Wilkinson, Gretna Landmark Community Representative
Councillor Patsy Gilroy, convener of Dumfries and Galloway Council.
Jan Hogarth, Public Art Manager, dgArts

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