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The Ups and Downs of Inverness's Gathering Place

Gathering Place, Inverness Designed by Architects KHBT

A fresh effort is being made to create a piece of public art on the banks of the River Ness in Inverness, near the Eden Court Theatre.

The original idea was for a tilting pier - a kinetic art project which would tilt up and down in a gentle but artistic way at a cost of £300,000. It got the thumbs down from local councillors.

The revived project has kept the same name, the Gathering Place, and it is hoped that artists and the public will collaborate more successfully this time.

The chairman of the Evaluation Panel, Prof Jim Mooney said: "The Gathering Place", as the name suggests is an attempt at place making i.e. creating a new civic space for Inverness. If we get this right, then the Gathering Place has the potential to bring a great variety of people together fostering beneficial social interaction and cohesion."

Graphic on the left (via Wikimedia Commons ) shows more conventional structures on the banks of the river Ness at Inverness.

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1 July 2017

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