TWO artists are busy at work at the seafront this week, installing a tree-shaped mosaic on the south wall of the beach toilets.
The project was commissioned by Aberdeenshire Alcohol and Drug Partnership’s South Forum, who with worked Artists Shelagh Swanson and Mary Butterworth to come up with designs for the ceramics used in the mosaic.
Shelagh said: ”We were working with them and had the idea of having a tree. We wanted to create something positive about their identity, their lives and their relationship to Stonehaven.”
Mary added: ”Trees have a story of how they grow. They become more beautiful as they grow and become more gnarly. There is beauty in imperfection.”
And, with the mosaic taking its shape, alluring glimpses of Stonehaven landmarks can be seen its trunk and branches along with family pets and images with meaning and positive associations for forum members.
This is not the first time Mary’s work has been seen in Stonehaven. She was the arts advisor for the 2017 fundraising project by the Friends of Anchor that saw 20 decorated anchors on display across the North-east. It was Mary’s anchor design ‘We Are Stardust’, that graced Stonehaven’s harbour front.
Meanwhile Shelagh, was artist in residence at Duthie Park, and, using donated seashore glass and ceramic, was creator of the ‘Fittie Mosaic’ – a beautiful mermaid mosaic in Footdee.
There will be a chance for Stonehaven folk to participate in the completion of the tree by helping to make mosaic leaves. This event may be on Monday, but this has yet to be confirmed. Keep an eye on The Bellman for an update.
Nature and new beginnings – artists Shelagh Swanson, left, and Mary Butterworth are creating a mosaic tree.