Category: Interpretation

Alloa Wagon Way

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21st November

The Alloa Wagon Way interpretation information was collated by local museum service and then designed and produced by Art is an Option. These information points combine visually engaging informative in a structure that requires very low maintenance.

The focus of the interpretation scheme is to inform visitors and locals about Alloa’s Historic  Wagon Way. The panels tell the story of how the route was used to transport coal from Clackmannanshire’s coal pits to Alloa’s once thriving port.

The Wagon Way is an area unfortunately prone to Graphite and vandalism so the lecterns panels are made of GRP. In most cases graphite can be removed from the GRP panels which are themselves set into robust sandstone lecterns which are both impressive and practical.



Alva Community Council

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14th October

One of the “hill-foot” villages Alva is a stunning little piece of Scotland. The village backs onto a rich forest landscape which has a rich path network that gives walkers the opportunity to explore this stunning glen and beyond. Several paths expend up the glen and up to the Ochil Hills.

The Alva Community Council interpretation team is a very experienced group with lots of expertise. The group pulled together the text and resources covering the geology, social history, a little archeology and the ecology of this fascinating piece of woodland. The group recognized that for their panels to have maximum effect they needed to be professionally designed. The group decided to work Art is an Option so we could help organize the content together with producing finished designs and artwork for four interpretative panels.

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Friends of Kings Park

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14th October

We have a long history to working with the “Friends of Kings Park”. Our relationship goes back many years and encompasses a large number of projects including:

A biodiversity project which ranged from the production of an interpretation board located at the entrance of the ”Peace of Mind Garden” to helping with a children’s drawing competition. Many of the drawings were used in the panel graphics, while some drawings were developed intro little mosaic sculptures and positioned in the garden.

Another project was to produce a panel displaying the Friends of Kings Park – Heritage Trail. This panel highlighted many of the amazing things that have happened in Kings Park over the years. Events ranged from troops congregating for the Battle of Sheriffmuir in 1715 to planes landing here in 1911 as part of the Circuit of Britain Air Race. Art is an … Read More »

Stirling Council Cemeteries

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14th October

The aim of this project was to have orientation maps located near the entrance to each of the Stirling Council Cemeteries. All of the cemeteries have a great many plots which are recorded on complex technical drawings held in the Stirling Council offices. The focus of this project was to redraw the plans so they would be much more user friendly looking. Our clear graphics will help visitors to easily find the plot of their passed away relative or friend.

We designed and built low maintenance metal lecterns with insert panels that can be updated as and when cemeteries expand. To make the panels more attractive and add interest we have researched and told the story of each of the cemeteries on their respective panels.

Forth Trail

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14th October

The Forth Trail was developed to promote the Forth River and give both visitors and locals an insight into the river’s rich natural environment and history. We extensively researched and compiled all the information and then set about developing a route map, identifying archive materials and taking new photographs and writing all the content.

The route starts in the heart of Stirling at Forthside and is heralded with a large gateway sign. There are 5 separate stone plinths situated along the 4.9 mile route which highlight points of interest, there is also a Gateway sign located upstream at Craigforth.

In addition to the interpretation we also designed and produced a large print run of leaflets showing the route and giving readers a lot of complementary information.

Heritage Plaques

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14th October

Art is an Option was asked to design and produce a series of thirty seven Heritage Plaques.

This historic trail is located at various sites to give visitors and locals an insight into Stirling’s historic buildings and places. There are several totally “unique” plaques in the set such as the Stirling Bridge plaque but most conform to a house style which has a common relief image on left hand side of the design which was inspired by one the town seals but have text customised for each historic location.

The plaques are manufactured in caste aluminum with both the lettering and image in relief. The raised surface is highlighted in gold enamel which is set against a coloured background which is stove dried to give the enamels a hardened finish.

The plaques have been designed so they can be fitted sensitively to wall, … Read More »