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Electricity poles to be removed at Sligachan

One of the four poles which will be removed

One of the four poles which will be removed

A community group on the Isle of Skye are working closely with the John Muir Trust and Scottish Southern Electric to remove hydro poles at Sligachan. The Collie and Mackenzie Sculpture group, which is proposing to erect a sculpture of the two well known outdoor pioneers, Norman Collie and John Mackenzie, at the site, will remove the poles during the summer of 2009. The poles have blighted the view of the Cuillin from Sligachan and their removal will improve the area, as well as numerous photographs taken at this popular spot.

At the same time a fundraising appeal for the proposed sculpture will be launched. The group says it will be offering members of the wider community the opportunity to donate a certain weight of bronze, towards building the statue. This will be recorded on a certificate along with the participants name and the weight of bronze donated.
Each certificate will be numbered, signed, and dated.

A model of the proposed sculpture

A model of the proposed sculpture

The sculpture is planned to be 1.5 times life size and features Collie and Mackenzie, who was from nearby Sconser, atop a boulder mound. It is to be placed near the Sligachan bridge with a parking area nearby. The group says it needs to raise £400,000 to realise the plan.
For more details visit www.skyesculpture.com

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