David F. Wilson - Public Artist

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Edinburgh Airport Interchange

view of south roundabout showing terraced layout to walls

I was appointed through Dundee Public Arts Programme & Lothian & Edinburgh Enterprise Ltd (LEEL), to work with the Landscape consultants Turnbull Jeffries to produce a scheme for this site. Working closely with Keith Horner of Turnbull Jeffries  we designed the proposals over a period of weeks.

I remember the initial telephone call to ask if I was interested, " some roundabout near Edinburgh Airport" I was told, expecting maybe a small mini roundabout. And then being blown-over at the first site visit realising the true scale of the project.

This project has won a BALI Landscaping Award and is also part of the work for which I have received a Pinnacle Award from the Dry Stone Walling Association
of Great Britain.

This was a  large scale landscape project that involved designing a series of wall features to work in combination with soft landscaping to create an interesting and attractive environment to a site that is a main gateway into Scotland.

 The walls are situated around the site; on the two roundabouts either side of a flyover, and on the main approaches to the interchange. Laid-out in a series of 'star/flower' shaped areas, conceptually it was hoped that with the use of traditional materials and plants the landscape would suggest to the viewer a feeling of 'Scottishness'.

The walls are constructed to have a dry-stone (field dyke/wall) effect. In the coursing of the walls is a pattern. This was to add interest and emphasise the feeling of movement around the site. Centrally within the bays of the walls the coursing becomes a 'herringbone' pattern.