The colourful role of William Wallace in Lanark’s story is being brought to life with a new interpretation and public art project in the heart of the town centre.
Local organisations Discover Lanark and Lanark Community Development Trust (LCDT) are working together to bring a currently empty gap site in the medieval centre of Lanark back into use with this exciting project. The location in Castlegate is believed to be the site of the former town house of the Braidfute family, into which William Wallace married in 1297 when he wed Marion Braidfute.
The gap site is locally known as ‘Wallace House’ and the project features the recreation of a ‘room’ within the house. The windows, seats, table and garden will be recreated by giant gable end murals, a 9ft stainless steel and bronze replica of Wallace's sword funded by the Rotary Club of Lanark, timber seats and walls, interpretation panels and a living wall.
LCDT is raising money to support the creation of two pieces of public art that will adorn the site. Two dramatic gable end murals showing firstly Wallace and the burning of Lanark Castle and then Wallace and his followers finding refuge by the Clyde (initial artwork pictured here) will be at the centre of the project, which will transform the site in the heart of the town. It is hoped the finished area will be a real attraction to both tourists and residents and a source of local pride.
The project organisers are proud to be working with mural artists Ali Smith and Rogue-One from Art Pistol. You may have seen their amazing work on the Glasgow Mural Trail. Any donation you can give would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance for your contribution. Donations of £100 or more will get your name on the official donor board to be installed at the completion of the project.
If you do wish to donate, head to our GoFundMe page at: Wallace Murals
Additionally, you can donate via PayPal by following this link: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/LCDT1140
Cheques are also accepted, and should be made out to: Lanark Community Development Trust and posted to:
Lanark Community Development Trust
St. Patrick’s Road,
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