VOX POP: Opinion divided on Gathering Place art work in the Highland capital - from 'underwhelming' to 'beautiful'
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John Macdonald, of Evanton:
“I am worried it will be destroying the salmon spawning beds.
“I think it is utterly ridiculous and a waste of money.
“It is a wall. It should have been designed so the pillars in the water are round rather than square.”
Irene Munro, of Crown:
“I can’t say I am keen on it.
“I feel it isn’t in keeping with the surroundings.
“It’s quite a light colour, and think it will get discoloured. I don’t think it is worth it.”
Alistair Watson, of Merkinch:
“It’s pretty underwhelming.
“It’s an awful lot of funds for very little.
“I don’t see the point of it. I definitely don’t think it’s artwork.”
Edward MacKenzie, of Glasgow, visiting family in Inverness:
“It reminds me of similar things in big European city riverside communities.
“They have wonderful works of art, their bridges are beautifully constructed – it evokes that sort of thing. It is a pleasant experience to be in the middle and have space to think and enjoy nature.”
John Carson, of Crown:
“It seems to fit in with the surroundings – it is not offensive. It gives a different aspect to the river.
“I think people will get used to it – but I am not saying there are not better things they could have spent the money on.”
Cheryl Baker, of Stourbridge:
“We don’t have anything like this where we are.
“I hope people don’t write graffiti on it – that would be my worry.
“I think it is a good idea, but it could get scruffy.”
Kyle Robertson, of Scorguie, Inverness:
“I think it will be really good for tourism.
“I think it is really nice – stunning.
“I think it is in keeping. I can’t really see anything negative about it.”
Oliwia Galka, of Ballachulish:
“I think it is beautiful.
“It is very relaxing to be on it, and you can watch the ducks.
“I think it could be considered both an artwork and a structure.
“I think it is in keeping with the river.”