A planning application has been made to create a William Wallace memorial site in Lanark.
The application was received by South Lanarkshire Council on March 31 and is to create a public art memorial project on the site of Wallace’s former home at Castlegate in Lanark.
The proposal is for a heritage interpretation and public art project to add to Lanark’s streetscape and serve as a visitor attraction.
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The site is the former home of Wallace and his wife, where they lived after their marriage in 1297. There is currently a small plaque on the site which forms part of the ‘In the footsteps of William Wallace’ heritage trail.
The current site is slightly hidden and offers no real indication of its prominence, so planners propose creating a new “home for Wallace”.
The planners propose to create an outdoor space that fits between two existing buildings in the city center.
In the space there would be conceptual objects such as the “front door”, the “doormat”, a “fire recreation”, a “bookcase”, a “back garden” and “chairs”, all elements you’d expect to see in a typical home – all of which would include aspects of Wallace’s life.
The door to the space would be developed by creating an edge over the street and would display the existing metal plaque and a poem or story carved into a granite slab at the entrance.
Stories and information about the connections between Wallace and Lanark will be included in the open plan home.
A vertical garden at the back of the site will be incorporated, which will also help to improve the space and add some greenery to the town centre.
In the living room of the open plan home, a table in the center with concept art in the shape of a sword will contain various dates and locations significant to Wallace’s story.
The roof of the house will be created as murals emerging from the space that will become a canvas for Wallace’s story.
Planners called the proposal “a new and exciting strategy for downtown art, planting and lighting”.
The standard consultation for development started on April 6 and expires on April 20.
The deadline for determining the candidacy is June 5.
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