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By Lex Lamb
£35.00 pledged of £5,000 goal


The Rainbow Slides leisure centre in Stirling is scheduled for demolition, and along with it an outstanding example of 1970s public art. Very few good pieces from that period’s boom in civic mural decoration survive, and this represents a chance to save a little of Scotland’s postwar heritage.

The sculptor, Charles Anderson, has been widely recognised as one of the UK’s leading practitioners in public art of this era, and his body of work celebrated by events during 2013. Sadly, much of that work has already been lost.

According to the developers engaged in demolishing the building, the integration of the mural with the building’s structure means that it would be impossible to physically remove the work and preserve it in its original form. Thankfully, an offer (at a substantial reduction in cost) has been made by Glasgow School of Art to conduct a full three-dimensional scan of the mural, meaning that the precise form will be recorded and future reproduction made possible. Thanks to advances in digital technology, work like this need no longer be absolutely lost - but made available to explore virtually (and eventually, reproduced in its original form). Anderson has signified a willingness to provide a proportion of the cost himself, but further donations would be necessary to ensure the virtual survival of the mural.

With demolition looming, there remains very little time to preserve a unique work that strikingly embodies the style and aspirations of its era.

Risks and challenges

We anticipate few problems if the funding is raised - arrangements are already in place for the scanning of the mural - but cannot guarantee, in advance, that the contractor demolishing the building of which the mural is part will co-operate as expected. We have a healthy dialogue, however, with Stirling Council, the building's owners (and if the funding is raised it will have been following considerable publicity), so we cannot see that any such issues will arise.

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