Prologis Unveils Public Art in Scotland
Prologis has unveiled a striking new sculpture overlooking the M8, between Edinburgh and Glasgow, at Newhouse. The 9m high public art installation, called Woman Man Sun Moon, is located next to The Co-operative Group’s new regional distribution centre at Prologis M8 and looks out onto the west bound carriageway of the motorway.
Woman Man Sun Moon was commissioned by Prologis with advice from North Lanarkshire Council. Designed by award-winning sculptor Kate Robinson, it was fabricated from aluminium by specialist sheet metal manufacturer Gilmour Ecometal and is sited on land owned by Canada Life.
The artwork is inspired by modern and historical imagery and depicts a woman and a man standing on a rounded mound of earth, holding the sun together with the waxing and waning moons.
Andrew Griffiths, Prologis’ Managing Director, said: ”We are delighted that such an impressive piece of public art has been installed at Prologis M8. It is a new sculpture for Scotland and it promises to become a local icon for everyone who lives and works in Newhouse. The unveiling of the sculpture also marks a milestone for Prologis M8, which is now operational and providing new jobs for the local community.”
The Gateway artwork is located outside The Co-operative Group’s new 503,000 sqft multi-temperature depot, designed by Architects Stephen George and Partners, which is now ramping up after being launched at the end of February 2011. It will be fully operational by the end of the year, following a capital investment of £25 million. The facility serves more than 600 stores in Scotland and will employ 1,000 staff.
Justin Cash, The Co-operative Group’s Distribution General Manager at Newhouse, who was also on the panel that interviewed the shortlisted artists, added: “This fantastic artwork will have a clear silhouette and will become a landmark for passing motorists. The stunning sculpture, which along with The Co-operative’s new regional distribution centre, is a major investment in the local community and will help put Newhouse on the map both culturally and economically.”