Peter Russell
Pillar of the Community

Pillar of the Community (for Sir George Bruce)

Pilaster: Suggests imperial authority, based on the wooden pilasters from the Study, Culross.

Salt: Incorruptible, a symbol of perpetuity. The basis of Sir George Bruce’s entrepreneurship.

Coal: Descent into darkness. Both testimony to Bruce’s technical ingenuity, and the ultimate futility of human efforts against the elements

Ash: The residue of creative fire.

Attic: The installation site. With salt, an elegant Athenian wit.

Order: With attic, a new column beyond Doric, denoting Sir George Bruce’s enterprise. Balance, stability.