A feasibility study will be commissioned to assess public support for the so-called Civic Spire Project, which aims to create a large pyramidal structure as a landscape focal point that will draw visitors to the region from all over the world.
The brainchild of Fife artist Jan Moir, the “Civil Spire” – estimated to be nearly 160 feet tall – will be visible from the M90 and for miles around, and will not only be a tourist attraction, but could house an observation deck and a modern art theater-type space inside.
The project was originally expected to cost around £10m, but the projects have been scaled down and the feasibility study will also provide a revised cost estimate, as well as identifying the long-term social and economic benefits such a structure could have.
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Negotiations are ongoing between Mr Moir and the landowners as to where it could be located, but the former St Ninian Colliery at Kelty and land at Castlandhill near Rosita have recently been the subject of plans for a huge mixed-use complex and a new Queensferry country park. are considered viable options.
There was widespread support for the idea, including that of Falkirk Council leader, Councilman Cecil Meiklejohn, who saw firsthand the benefits an art project of this magnitude could bring.
“Community involvement and participation in the development of the project that created Helix Park and the world-famous iconic kelpies in Falkirk was key to ensuring we received what was then the largest ever lottery award of £25 million,” said she.
“It created a sense of community ownership and civic pride throughout the county, a place that belongs to everyone, and made Falkirk the world’s top landmark on the world map.
“The Citizen Spire project is once again unique and could do the same for Dunfermline and wider Fife.
“As a close neighbor, I look forward to seeing this project develop with the support of the people
“I’m sure everything will work out and everything will be the way they want.”
Councilor Jim Leishman, Provost of Fife, was also enthusiastic about plans for a monument to celebrate citizenship and all its benefits.
He said: “Citizen Spire is a great concept that will be extremely helpful to people not only in Fife but across Scotland and the rest of the UK.
“We need ambitious projects like these that will inspire future generations to succeed.
“Citizenship is about taking responsibility and being all that you can be.”
According to the plan, at night the spire was supposed to turn into a flickering beacon, receiving video projections on its outer surface.
Mr. Moir strongly believes that the realization of his vision will have a huge recovery impact on the local economy and open up opportunities for development in the surrounding areas.
He concluded, “I think Citizen Spire as a national monument and cultural venue will draw people to western Fife and focus the public’s attention on the importance of community, heritage and freedom.”