Picture with the 'Still' sculpture in the workshop (L-R) Sculptor Rob Mulholland, the Take a Pride in Perth and Kinross Association’s Susan Crawford, Treasurer of St Fillans in Bloom Audrey Gavigan, Perth and Kinross Council’s Elspeth Bruce and St Fillans in Bloom member Geoff Hardman-Carter.
St Fillans is a lovely village in the central Highlands, at the eastern end of Loch Earn on the A85, 6 km west of Comrie. In the 18th century, it was a small settlement known as Port of Lochearn, or Meikleport. It was renamed St Fillans in 1817.
The local 'in bloom' group was established to improve the environment in and around the village. If you'd like to get involved, please contact the Association via the contact details at the top of this page.
Returning 'Still' to Loch Earn
St Fillans in Bloom has reached a pivotal stage in their exciting plans to reinstate the iconic ‘Still’ sculpture to the waters of Loch Earn. Since planning permission was granted, we have been helping the group raise funds to purchase the sculpture and cover the costs of returning it to the loch. The fundraising target has been reached and we celebrated by visiting the artist’s studio near Drymen where minor repairs and strengthening works are being carried out. The statue will be re-installed in the loch once those works are complete.
Created by renowned Scottish sculptor and environmental artist Rob Mulholland, the sculpture has been absent from the loch since 2017. Rob said: “I’m delighted to be working with St Fillans in Bloom to return ‘Still’ to Loch Earn. The sculpture has had a real journey from when it was first installed in 2014; my original concept was to create a sculpture that symbolised the physical and spiritual relationship between humans and the natural world, and it’s humbling to see the connections people have made with it across the globe.”
Treasurer of St Fillans in Bloom Audrey Gavigan said: “We have been inundated with enquiries from locals and visitors alike who are eager to see ‘Still’ returned to the village. By working in partnership with the Take a Pride in Perth and Kinross Association and Perth and Kinross Council we have ensured the legacy of ‘Still’ will benefit our local area for years to come.”
We in the Take a Pride in Perth and Kinross Association are providing project management and fundraising support. Our Chair Karen McDonnell said: “I’m delighted the Association has supported St Fillans in Bloom reach this exciting project milestone. During its time in Loch Earn the sculpture gained international recognition – its return will provide a welcome boost to the local community and attract visitors to the area.”
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