Artist Alan Davie’s mural still winning awards after 40 years

The Saltire Society presentation of an award to the Alan Davie and George Garson mural to mark 40th anniversary of its unveiling Picture: Michael Gillen
The Saltire Society presentation of an award to the Alan Davie and George Garson mural to mark 40th anniversary of its unveiling Picture: Michael Gillen

Renowned artist Alan Davie received another accolade – almost 18 months after his death.

The mural he designed for La Porte Precinct in his home town of Grangemouth was presented with an award from the Saltire Society to mark 40 years since it was first placed.

It was commissioned by The Scottish Arts Council, BP and The Scottish Craft Centre.

Mosaicist George Garson created the large panel from two small painted sketches by the local artist.

Yesterday (Wednesday), Jim Tough, the society’s chief executive, made the presentation of the latest award.

He said: “We are delighted to be restating our appreciation of Alan Davie and George Garson’s work and achievements through the presentation of this new plaque celebrating his Mosaic Mural in Grangemouth.

“In 1975 this mosaic received the Saltire Society Embellishment Award which recognises work that enhances and enriches the built environment.”

Park Gallery exhibition

The Saltire Society award marks 40 years since the mural was first placed on display, and recognises the important contribution it makes to public art in Scotland.

It also comes only two days after what would have been the artist’s 95th birthday.

A retrospective free exhbition of work by Alan Davie from 1940 to 2000 – A Universal Vision – is currently on display in the Park Gallery in Falkirk until October 31.

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