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Kelso public artwork sculpture revealed

A Scottish Borders artist has scooped a £40,000 prize to have his sculpture installed in Kelso Square.

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Artists scoops £40,000 prize for Kelso sculpture

A Scottish Borders artist has scooped a £40,000 prize to have his sculpture installed in Kelso Square.

Jake Harvey beat off four other shortlisted artists to win the competition with his design of "Kelsae Stone", which will be inscribed with local place names.

The stone, which is conceived like a section of the landscape and made of a similar material to the town's iconic cobbles, will 'grow' out of the existing historic surface.

"I'm delighted to have been chosen to make this sculpture for Kelso Square.

"The prospect of creating a significant work that complements the space and is an enduring embodiment of Kelso has great resonance for me.

"I have a life-long association with the local area, and reference points in the town and the local landscape have inspired my work for close to 50 years.

"I look forward to working with the people of Kelso and its environs when I undertake the inscription phase of this work on site and anticipate that, in due course, people within the community will gain a sense of pride and pleasure from the completed work as I will similarly get from the process of making it."

– Artist Jake Harvey

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