Jungle kings and queens!

anisah mcdonagh
anisah mcdonagh

CHILDREN in Balfron now know from personal experience that it really is a jungle out there.

Members of Friends of Art Balfron (FAB) art group have been adding the finishing touches to a sculpture which will be part of a display in Edinburgh to transform the city into a jungle.

They were recruited by local web hosting company Easyspace to paint and decorate a life-sized exotic hornbill bird as part of its sponsorship of the event.

Their work of art took three weeks to complete and has been nicknamed ‘Webby’.

It will be on display in Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Gardens from Tuesday, along with 150 other sculptures, to raise awareness of the plight of endangered animals.

The exhibition, which includes work by famous artists such as Jack Vettriano, will then move on to the streets in September.

The children used the interior designs of Balfron-born 19th Century architect Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson for inspiration, by painting their favourite patterns from his finest residential property, Holmwood House, on to the fibre-glass bird.

FAB chairperson Dawn Cullen, said: “The children have produced a fantastic piece of artwork. It looks amazing and we can’t wait to see it on display in Edinburgh.”

Ruth Powys, director of the Elephant Family charity - organisers of Jungle City, said: “The children should be hugely proud of what they’ve achieved.

“Their colourful creation will help bring Jungle City alive and we hope families and children from all over Scotland go and see it over the next two months.”

Sarah Haran, managing director of Easyspace, said: “The children have embraced this project with incredible enthusiasm and we hope anyone who’s visiting Edinburgh over the next few weeks goes along to admire it.”

Easyspace is a web hosting, web design and domain name company based on the West of Scotland Science Park just outside Milngavie.

It supports the Elephant Family charity by donating money from the domain names it sells. Friends of Art Balfron is a not-for-profit organisation which runs Saturday morning art workshops for children under the title ‘Balfron ArtWorks’ and delivers regular free community drop-in events to encourage participation in art and craft activities.