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Adamson Square, Creetown

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Entertainment at Adamson Square

In an exciting remodeling exercise, internationally renowned sculptor Hideo Furuta was commissioned to work with Solway Heritage's Landscape Architect, Nic Coombey, to develop a new Town Square for Creetown.  Through consultation with the community, a design was developed, which places culture and heritage at the heart of the town.
 
Local Primary School pupils helped identify topics important to the town and these were hand carved by Hideo into a granite sphere as you can see in the picture.  For Hideo, the placing and relationship between the geometric shapes of the clock tower, stage and sphere were to define the Square ensuring that the objects and spaces between them were of equal importance.  The design and materials used in the Square relate to the distinct heritage of the area: silver granite, flowing Cree and tall stake net poles.
 
Town Squares have long been an important element in a rural Community but, unlike many other places, Adamson Square continues to act as a focus for Creetown.  While traditional ceremonies such as the 'Creetown Tar Barrel Association' providing the entertainment at Hogmanay have been abandoned, the Square now provides a venue for the successful Country Weekend and Gala events.
 
Adamson Square has shown how artists working in the public realm can:
  • Bring heritage and culture together to create a new place
  • Re-invigorate existing places in a sensitive manner
  • Work to promote local skills and interests
  • Inspire a creative and imaginative approach through working across artforms
  • Create new cultural and economic opportunities for local communities.

 

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Hideo at work

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Two Quarters of the Sphere

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Nic Coombey (First Left) at the Launch

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The Finished Article