by Colin Campbell
INVERNESS councillors are looking at ways to cover up an “eyesore” wall in Crown Road, just off the city centre.
They’re concerned about an eyesore? AN EYESORE? The civic vandals who have just spent £360,000 on adorning the riverside with the biggest eyesore in living memory are looking to cover up an eyesore?
Their lack of self-awareness beggars belief.
The supposed eyesore is a few yards of wall that people drive or walk past and don’t even notice.
And yet there have been suggestions to adorn it with “artwork”.
Does no one at the council have any historical memory. Do they think Inverness is just a blank slate where nothing ever happened before?
For the record, a dozen years ago for some incomprehensible reason some councillors also had artwork ideas for this unobtrusive and unnoticed bit of wall and also thought it should be adorned with artwork.
So they called in professional “artists” – who should get a job for a living – and left them to it.
The result was an incoherent mess of images which featured as its centrepiece an old tramp, a “character” from the depths of history that no one remembered or had ever heard of.
As tramps usually do, it went into rapid decline, started peeling off, became an unmistakably noticeable eyesore and after five years of decrepitude was returned to being a normal wall.
That was another £60,000 squandered and wasted on “artwork”.
This came during a spending spree in which tens of thousands were spent on implanting layers of concrete at the top of Church Street in an ugly carbuncle called “The Three Virtues”. It’s still there, looking about as attractive as a pile of vomit from a malfunctioning concrete mixer.
But at that stage the Mother of All Artwork Disasters was yet to come on the riverside.
So these councillors who have decorative plans for that Crown wall should forget about them and start thinking about how they’re going to spend their time after they quit, which with elections coming up should be soon.
Some advice for anyone thinking of standing in the May elections.
Distribute a signed leaflet just saying: “I WILL VIGOROUSLY OPPOSE ANY MONEY BEING SQUANDERED ON USELESS, UNWANTED ARTWORK, AND WILL PRESS FOR THE DEMOLITION OF THE GATHERING PLACE.”
That’s all they’d need, and they’d romp to victory.