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School shortlists top 10 submissions for new public artwork

The shortlist for a new piece of community art to commemorate the history and heritage of Hill of Beath has been announced today (5 February).

The competition which is being held by Keepmoat Homes, a leading UK homebuilder who are developing 134 new homes in the local area on a development named, Baxterfield in honour of Scottish footballing icon Jim Baxter.

Pupils from Hill of Beath Primary School were invited by the house builder to submit designs for a piece of public artwork which will sit at the heart of the development and is designed to enlighten residents and visitors alike with information of the town’s background.

The judging panel which included representatives from Keepmoat Homes, the local community and the school came together to shortlist 10 designs from over 45 submissions.

Speaking after the shortlisting, Beth McNeil, Regional Managing Director of Keepmoat Homes in Scotland said: “We purchased the site in Hill of Beath in June 2017 and feel a responsibility to ensure the town’s history and heritage is part of our new development’s DNA and thought who better to capture that than local children.

“Everyone has been inspired by the submissions from the pupils at Hill of Beath Primary School, their enthusiasm and flair has truly shone through in the designs.”

The 10 shortlisted designs are now to be worked up into models by the pupils ahead of a final judging process in March, with the final artwork being announced in April this year.