New exhibit opening in the Park Gallery

Cameron and Penny posing next to Antonine the Legendary Engine
Cameron and Penny posing next to Antonine the Legendary Engine

Two youngsters donned their best Thomas the Tank Engine attire to highlight the opening of a new exhibition at the Park Gallery.

Cameron Seaton and Penny McGlynn, both four, from Comely Park Nursery posed next to the legendary engine sculpture by George Wyllie at Falkirk High Station which will be the focus of the exhibition in Callendar House from March 25.

Locomotives by George Wyllie will spotlight the artist’s love of transportation in all its forms and will feature works relating to The Straw Locomotive as well as others.

With thousands of commuters passing the iconic sculpture every day, not many will know the story behind the work.

In 1992 Glasgow-born Wyllie was commissioned to create something to mark the 150th anniversary of the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway and so he created Antonine the Legendary Engine.

Gillian Smith, art development officer at the Park Gallery, said: “We are absolutely delighted to host this exhibition.

“It is a great opportunity to showcase the work of an extraordinary artist that has a link with Falkirk.

“The Antonine Sculpture is a fantastic piece of art and is only one of the many created by Wyllie.

“The aim of the exhibition to make people more aware of his work and creations.”

Wyllie, who died in 2012, had a life-long love of locomotives and engineering and throughout his career he made several train inspired works.

The work of art near Falkirk High Station was a tribute to Alberto Giacometti, one of Wyllie’s favourite artists.

As well as Antonine, named after the nearby Antonine Wall, Wyllie created the famous Straw Locomotive which hung for six weeks from Glasgow’s Finnieston Crane in the summer of 1987.

The special exhibition will run until June 19.