Pupils’ art attack on school site

Lairdsland pupils unveil artwork
Lairdsland pupils unveil artwork

Pupils have brightened up the site where their new state-of-the-art school is being built by creating six spectacular colourful montages.

The artwork went on display recently on hoardings surrounding the site of the new Lairdsland Primary School, close to the Forth and Clyde Canal, in Kirkintilloch.

Building work on the new school got underway earlier this year and is set to be finished before the summer 2015 break.

The existing traditional Victorian school opened in 1875 and will be replaced by a modern building with flexible indoor and outdoor learning areas and a multi-use games area.

Children worked with public art company 6247 - who were commissioned by East Dunbartonshire Council, developers Hub West Scotland and constructors Morgan Sindell - to create the images.

They agreed on six seperate themes for the hoardings; the history of the school, minibeasts in the rainforest, the Titanic, the Victorians, under the sea and Egyptians.

Rory Elliot (8) was delighted with the end result, saying: “It was great fun working with the graphic design team. It was fantastic seeing my work up on display and I thought it all looked amazing.

“My favourite part of it was The Titanic because it was detailed and looked realistic.”

Council leader Rhondda Geekie, who helped the children unveil the boards, said: “The artwork is fantastic - creative, bright and informative - and really shows off the artistic talent within the school.

“We wanted to ensure that the children are involved as much as possible with the building of the new school and this has been the perfect project to include them in.

“The hoardings provide an excellent public platform for the children to demonstrate what they’ve been learning as well as their creative talent.

“It also really adds some colour to the canal walkway and enables the local community to see what’s happening within the school. A big well done and a thank you goes to all the pupils and to 6247 for this inspiring piece of work.”

Debbie McNamara, Chief Executive of Hub West Scotland, added: “This has been a fantastic effort by the talented pupils at Lairdsland Primary School to work with 6274 to produce such a vibrant and fun piece of artwork. Well done.”