Plans for a set of four sculptures to be placed on Aberdeen’s Broad Street have been shelved due to safety fears.
As part of the £3.2 million redevelopment of the street, which was heralded as being complete last week, Aberdeen City Council commissioned the four sculptures from students at North East Scotland College (NESCol).
A team at the Aberdeen campus were tasked with designing the 1.5m-high pieces, which were then built by Fraserburgh-based fabrication students.
However, Aberdeen City Council said: “Following risk assessments of the sculptures, they are not suitable to be used within the carriageways.
“Engagement between the council, NESCol and Sustrans will take place to identify suitable locations for them within the scheme.”
Aberdeen Central MSP Kevin Stewart said the safety fears were the latest in a line of problems to hit the project.
“What we have here is another farcical situation.
“This is the kind of things that happen with a lack of project management,” he said.
“The council has failed to consult properly during the works – including with disabled groups. All of that quite clearly has led to the disastrous situations that there have been throughout the development of Broad Street.”
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One of the sculptures, named Northern Light, was designed to depict the historic buildings in Aberdeen, as well as some of the Granite City’s most talented artists.
Another of the sculptures, named Puffin’ Briggie, is based on the story of young boys placing their caps on the slatted bridge above a railway line, where they would watch the steam from the trains make their caps float.
Last week the council hailed the opening of a fountain as the final touch to the redevelopment of the street. The project faced a series of delays, meaning it was unable to open to traffic until August 1.