Scots hope 250,000 "Metal Mermaid" monstrosity will outshine Angel of the North


Blackleaf
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Fresh from releasing a mass murderer convicted of Britain's worst ever terrorist attack, the Scots are now using 250,000 of public (i.e. mainly English) money to pay for what it hopes will be its equivalent of England's Angel of the North, despite the UK still recovering from recession.

The Angel of the North, paid for by money from the National Lottery, stands at 70 feet tall and has outstretched wings spanning 90 feet. It was completed in 1998 and stands at the edge of the Low Fell hill at the side of the A1 road outside of Tyneside in North Eastern England.

The statue is very popular and has been named one of the Icons of England.

However, Scotland's new statue is something of a monstrosity.

The 33 foot high "metal mermaid", named Arria, is almost completed in the town of Cumbernauld, Lanarkshire, in central Scotland. The statue has four arms - two outstretched in front of it and two outstretched to the sides.

The statue's name is derived from the name of Arris Fadilla, mother of Roman Emperor Antoninus for whom the nearby Antonine Wall - similar to England's Hadrian's Wall - is named.

Councillor Gerry McElroy, chair of CCCL, said: 'After almost a year of waiting she is now complete and looks fantastic. We are delighted with Arria and Andy has done an amazing job as we knew he would.'

This statue is not the only new statue being built around in the UK.

A white stone head named The Dream sits at the side of the M62 motorway in St Helens, Merseyside.

And the planned Ebbsfleet Horse in Kent, an exact likeness of a white thoroughbred, will stand at 160 feet high and be 33 times the size of a real horse. The white horse is the symbol of Kent.

The statue's designer obviously hopes that the statue will add a bit of glamour to Cumbernauld. It sure needs it. Like most towns it socialist ridden Scotland it looks as though the Blitz happened just last year rather than in 1940.

250,000 of public money for the four-armed 'Metal Mermaid' that Scots hope will outshine the Angel of the North

By Mail Online Reporter
25th August 2010
Daily Mail

Today a new monster will be sighted in Scotland.

The towns around Loch Ness have long profited from tourists hoping to glimpse the mysterious lake's rarely-seen inhabitant, but now Cumbernauld hopes for a similar effect from its new 33ft tall metal mermaid.

The final sections of the giant steel sculpture, which aims to help transform the fortunes of the Lanarkshire region, were moved into place this week.

The 33ft high mermaid, named Arria, includes a female form and two swooping arcs and overlooks the A80 northbound to the north of Auchenkilns junction in Cumbernauld.

The 250,000 publicly funded work is the latest in a long line of monolithic sculptures springing up around the country in the name of public art.


The 33ft tall four armed 'mermaid' will be visible from the A80 near Cumbernauld


Glasgow-based sculptor Andy Scott with his 250.000 creation

Anthony Gormley's Angel Of The North dominates Gateshead, while The Dream, a white stone head overlooks the M62 near St.Helens.

Still in the planning stages is the 2million White Horse at Ebbsfleet.

It's salutary that the latter has been designed to be 'at least twice as wide and high as the Angel Of The North', and visible from 20 miles away.

The name for the new work was selected after a competition which asked people living in the area to suggest a title for the work which is part of the next phase in the Cumbernauld Positive Image Project, which aims to revitalise the town. It's derived from the name of Arris Fadilla, mother of Roman Emperor Antoninus for whom the nearby Antonine Wall is named.

Campsies Centre Cumbernauld Ltd (CCCL) - a company established by North Lanarkshire Council to help redevelop the town - has sunk 250,000 of public money into the sculpture created by Andy Scott.

Scott said: 'I am pleased to get to this last stage of the project and finally install her on site.'

'It has been a long and arduous commission for us, with months of very hard work fabricating the form of the sculpture and working with the extensive team of suppliers and contractors.'

Councillor Gerry McElroy, chair of CCCL, said: 'After almost a year of waiting she is now complete and looks fantastic. We are delighted with Arria and Andy has done an amazing job as we knew he would.'



Rival attractions: Arria - 250k, The Ebbsfleet horse - 2m, The Angel Of The North - 1m, Nessie - Free.

A poem penned by award-winning Scottish poet Jim Carruth is displayed at the foot of the sculpture, which sports a retro hairstyle meant to evoke the optimistic early days of the 1960s-built new town.

Local beautician Amanda McGuinness, 25, said, when asked about the sculpture's power to transform her moribund Lanarkshire hometown': 'Cumbernauld needs burning down and rebuilding, especially the town centre. It needs new shops, new restaurants and new bars..something to liven the place up at night'

READERS' COMMENTS

Does anybody else find it slightly creepy?
- Exiled Northerner, Somewhere South
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No doubt paid for by English taxes.
- Martin, Ashford, Kent
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The arms to the front represent the Barnett Formula, outstretched hands grabbing from the English taxpayer. The arms to the side represent Miss Indignation asking, 'Is that all?'
- Fred Bloggz, Birmingham, England
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This if proof, if proof was needed, that the Barnett Formula is far too generous! Time for change.
- Dee Davey, Essex, England
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Nothing will out shine our Angel in the North, when i drive passed him i know im home!!!
- lesleybg, Northumberland
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Surely a giant deep-fried mars-bar would have been a more appropriate sculpture.
- Thomas, London
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Hideous. No match for the Angel of the North. Even the 2m horse is way easier on the eye.
- Kelly, Glasgow, Scotland
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Looks like a reject prop from a 1970's Dr Who episode.
- Dave, Essex, England
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Usual stereotypical nonsense - the only thing wrong with Scotland is that we have peopel like you as our neighbours.
- NC, Scotland
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"Usual stereotypical nonsense - the only thing wrong with Scotland is that we have peopel like you as our neighbours.
- NC, Scotland"

Maybe you should take your own advice next time instead of coming out with the same old anti english jibes.
- Rachel, Devon, England
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Errr...sorry....Thye angel of the north is a very clever piece of art which also has subtle reference to the history of the reigion in that the structure of the wings & the material rusting which are representative of shipbuilding on the Tyne. I fail to see anything like this representing Scotland in the new sculpture...
- Dave B, Uxbridge, Canada

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Last edited by Blackleaf; Aug 25th, 2010 at 11:24 AM..
 
karrie
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That's way prettier than the angel of the north.
 

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