24 August 2016
“The sculpture Arria stands 10 metres tall and faces towards the town of Cumbernauld. Commissioned by Campsies Centre Cumbernauld Ltd, she is a cultural landmark that enhances the town centre and its environs for visitors and residents.
“She was designed and created by renowned Scottish sculptor Andy Scott at his studio in Glasgow, and took 18 months to design and fabricate.
“Arria is made in 13 sections which are bolted together, and weighs 7 tonnes. She is a welded steel fabrication, and was galvanised by Highland Colour Coaters in Cumbernauld. Her production involved a host of specialists and professionals, including lighting designers, structural engineers, project managers, haulage and crane contractors as well as the artist and his team.
“The name Arria was selected through a competition and was suggested by Bethany and Louise Reid.
“The sculpture also includes the poem”Watershed” written for the sculpture by Scottish poet Jim Carruth.
“Arria was inaugurated by HRH The Princess Royal in January 2011.”
– Information plaque