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VOX POP: Opinion divided on Gathering Place art work in the Highland capital - from 'underwhelming' to 'beautiful'

By Val Sweeney

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John MacDonald.
John MacDonald.

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.
Irene Munro.

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.
Alistair Watson.

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.
Edward Mackenzie.

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.
John Carson.

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.
Cheryl Baker.

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.
Kyle Robertson.

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.”

Olivia Gelka.
Olivia Gelka.

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.”

Artwork is vandalised within days

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