Monday, September 09, 2013

News: Great Tapestry of Scotland Unveiled

One of the world's longest tapestries has been unveiled at the Scottish Parliament building. The Great Tapestry of Scotland is one of the country's most ambitious art projects ever, with hundreds involved in helping to stitch the 143 metre-long masterpiece. Artist and community-arts project worker Andrew Crummy headed up the venture, bringing the story of Scotland, as devised by author Alexander McCall Smith and historian Alistair Moffat to fruition in the form of colourful embroidered panels.

Over a thousand stitchers took more than 50,000 hours to complete the beautiful work. Aspects of Scotland's history are depicted, from its emergence as a land of glaciers at the Ice Age, to the reconvening of the Scottish Parliament in 1999, to Andy Murray's historic win at Wimbledon this summer! Viewed accumulatively, the panels represent Scotland's historic, scientific, cultural, industrial and political past. The design of Glasgow School of Art by Charles Rennie Mackintosh is the subject of one particularly beautiful panel with others such as the engineering of the Forth Rail Bridge and the cloning of Dolly the Sheep making for interesting themes.

The tapestry will be exhibited at the Parliament until 21st September where entry to see it is free. A Facebook image gallery has also been put together where it's possible to appreciate the scale and beauty of the stunning tapestry, resplendent in its current exhibition space.