Public Art 2021

Hope in Hamilton

What brings you here?

I am honoured to have been selected to create a community art installation with Rail74 Community Rail Partnership. The artwork aims to engage with the public and raise awareness and understanding of mental health issues, particularly those faced by young people in our society.
The artwork will include positive affirmations in the form of Mantras conveying uplifting messages to commuters at Hamilton Central.

If you live or work in South Lanarkshire why not take part in this new and exciting art installation being created for Hamilton Central Station?
Send us your Mantra for better mental health and wellbeing and be part of this artwork. (Please include your first name to be credited with your Mantra.)
email your Mantra to :  hopeinhamiltonart@gmail.com

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The project was initiated by Rail74 Community Rail Partnership and supported by @scotrail and @crosscountrytrains with guidance from @samaritanscharity The project has been made possible with a grant from @avantiwestcoast  

Joanna Buckley, community manager at Avanti West Coast, said: “We’re proud to be playing our part in bringing the community of Hamilton together to create artwork that champions the town and its people, while raising awareness of mental wellbeing. Through our work with Samaritans we know the importance of seeking help if you’re struggling. We hope this project will make a difference by signposting people to support available and reminding them they’re not alone, which is more vital than ever as we face the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.” 

In 2010 Samaritans began working with Network Rail with the aim of preventing rail suicides and supporting those affected by them.

Suzie McCheyne, development support at Rail 74 CRP, said: “We are extremely excited and want to bring a real sense of hope and pride to the area and provide an appealing, interactive art piece at Hamilton Central Station collaborating with the local community as a legacy of cohesion and providing real voices and input alongside a greater awareness of local and national support services relating to mental health wellbeing for our communities in times of need.”


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Fettercairn Sculpture

Site specific sculpture to commemorating the planting of a new forest next to Fettercairn Distillery in Scotland.

The artwork is made from 800 metres of 12mm round recycled stainless steel bars, 3,200 pieces in total. It’s inspired by a project 10 years in the making that has seen tens of thousands of oak saplings planted next to Fettercairn Distillery. The project, on the 8,500 acre Fasque Estate, establishes a new land management vision for the next 200 years. It provides responsibly sourced wood to mature whisky. And, will mean Fettercairn can make single estate whiskies.

New Fettercairn Distillery Sculpture Forest Flow Unveiled
by Euan Cherry / Getty images 2021

The new sculpture sits on a clear pool of pure spring water from a natural source only a few hundred yards away. It takes inspiration from the endless cycle of growth as saplings draw water and nutrients from the ground and circulate them to create life. Looking out to the new Forest, it depicts the essential whisky making ingredients: water, barley and wood for maturation. The sculpture also celebrates the unique water-cooling ring on the stills at Fettercairn. This ring allows only the finest vapours to rise, creating the purest spirit.

Fettercairn Distillery is embedded in the landscape. It draws its raw materials from its natural surroundings. The water, barley and the future oak forest are all within sight of the distillery. I wanted to capture all these elements in my sculpture. I was inspired by the water flowing into the distillery from the nearby well, filling the mash tuns and pouring over the outside of the stills. There’s a constant sense of movement and life as the water is circulated over the stills and then naturally cooled and re-circulated.

This is the same water that sustains the newly planted Fettercairn forest. It nourishes the surrounding landscape, a connection between the land and the distillery. I wanted to capture this life-giving flow in my sculpture. To convey the close relationship that the whole whisky process has with the natural environment. I imagined the water flowing over the still, solidifying into metal to create an organic sculptural form as it emerges from a pool of clear water. As if some unseen alchemical process had transformed the water into solid steel. On the outer edges a scattering of oak leaves form in a circle symbolising the new Fettercairn forest. The reflective clear pool captures the mirror image of the sculpture. At the same time it captures the reflection of the sky and changing light as time passes by. Time is a key element in creating whisky and in creating sculpture. I hope that my work conveys both crafts and harnesses our respect for the natural environment at Fettercairn.

Stewart Walker is the Distillery Manager at Fettercairn. He said: “We love the idea that Rob’s stunning work will keep watch over the oaks in our forest 200 years from now. We are proud when we look at Rob’s artistic endeavours. The sculpture has movement, texture and its shadows and reflections are constantly changing. It feels in keeping with its environment and for our whisky making philosophy. We are confident it will become iconic on our landscape, loved by visitors and the local community alike.”

The Fettercairn Forest project is led by whisky maker Gregg Glass. Gregg has conducted many trials with wind-felled and responsibly sourced Scottish oak.

The Distillery has already laid down whiskies in different types of Scottish Oak cask. It plans to release the first commercially available Fettercairn Scottish Oak bottling next year. The sculpture will be incorporated into the Distillery visitor experience from 2022.


POLIMODA ART INSTALLATION

Florance 2021

Polimoda opened the 100th edition of Pitti Uomo presented in one of the most famous squares in Florence. On the 29th of June 2021, the historical Piazza Santa Maria Novella was transformed into an incredible fashion show for the world renowned fashion school’s graduates.  Rob Mulholland was invited to create an intimate sculpture installation in the centre of the Piazza. The eight mirrored figures reflected the world famous Basilica and the stunning Renaissance architecture, an interplay with space and light.

Following the show, Polimoda offered Rob’s installation to the city for the duration of Pitti Uomo, allowing Florentines and visitors from all over the world to enjoy the environmental artwork.