Across the Foreshore / Kinneil Nature Reserve you’ll find a series of installations, celebrating the area’s rich history.
A curvy sign – cast by the local foundry – is close to the Snab Lane entrance. It was installed by the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative, working with Falkirk Council.
The partners also commissioned the striking bird hide (celebrating the industrial past of Kinneil).
You’ll spot a coal miner and the winding gear of a colliery cut into the steel.
Further east – close to picnic benches – you’ll find granite blocks that have been turned into pieces of modern art. Sadly we don’t have information on the artist or his/her inspiration.
Close to Bo’ness Harbour (near Union Street) you’ll find a bench/mini tunnel. It celebrates the tunnel created under the Forth linking Kinneil Colliery (on the south) with Valleyfield Colliery (across in Fife).
The modern tunnel/bench was commissioned by the Inner Forth Landscape Initative. IFLI also produced a video about the original tunnel project (you can view it on YouTube).
Next to this is a yellow buoy. Originally it was rusting away in the large dock at Bo’ness – before being rescued and restored. There is also a panel on the maritime history of Bo’ness – and a bench to have a seat. All this art appreciation can be tiring!
At the time of writing there are plans to add additional artworks/installations around the Bo’ness foreshore. Watch this space . . . .
Images by Adrian Mahoney.