Greenock Waterfront Art: Installations Celebrate Inverclyde History


A SERIES of public art installations celebrating the past, present and future of Inverclyde has been unveiled along Greenock Waterfront.

The three rooms, titled Creative Conversations II, were set up along a commonly used walking, rolling and cycling route along the seafront, with support from the Sustrans charity and the Inverclyde Council.

Creative Conversations II along the National Cycle Network Route 75 was created by local artists Tragic O’Hara, Jason Orr and Alan Potter.

The Orr Yardmen piece represents the past, with 12-inch tall figurines depicting workers in the shipbuilding industry.

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Potter’s Ebb & Flow is a seating installation based on kelp and marine life, and features a statue of a famous local seal in the center.

The seats, in oak, porcelain and mosaic of pebbles, also represent mackerel, salmon, wrasse, flounder and crab.

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Finally, O’Hara’s Mechanical Animals presents a warning for the future, amid fears of the impact of climate crises and biodiversity on wildlife.

The jellyfish sculptures, made of steel and plexiglass, imagine a world where humans must invent robotic versions of species that no longer exist.

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Sustrans Scotland’s Network Engagement Manager Cosmo Blake commented: “By partnering with Inverclyde Council, RIG Arts, Tragic O’Hara and local groups on this exciting project, we wanted to give the community the ways to make your own mark on the waterfront, reflecting the richness of Greenock. history and heritage.

“The three works of art have created exciting new points of interest along this well-used connection on Route 75 of the National Cycling Network.

“And we hope they inspire many more people across Inverclyde to explore the region in a sustainable and active way.”

Jim Clocherty, deputy head of the Inverclyde Council, praised the “vibrant and stimulating works of art”.

“Fresh from the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, elements of the artwork are very timely to raise awareness of the environmental emergency in which we currently find ourselves, while encouraging people to make a the many things that can help reduce harmful greenhouse gases; participate in active trips, ”he said.

“The works of art are also a nod to our rich shipbuilding history.

“Celebrating one of our greatest assets, the river, right on the banks of the Clyde itself and adding a splash of color to this beautiful section of the national cycle network will only encourage more people to discover Inverclyde. ”


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