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Artist Kenny Hunter (left) with Garriocks' Martin Gilbertson, Kenny Williamson and Larry Smith. Photo: Shetland Arts

THE FIRST sculpture of a new public art trail in Lerwick has been installed in the centre of town.

A bronze and concrete sculpture by artist Kenny Hunter now proudly sits on the pavement outside Cee and Jays after being installed with the help of Garriock Bros Ltd.

The piece is called As Above So Below and it represents the practice of gas extraction from below the seabed to the west of Shetland.

Shetland Arts, which is co-organising the LOCUS trail, said the sculpture is composed as a cross-section of undersea landscape and its geology.

Photo: Shetland Arts

The top section represents the gas pipeline, the mid-section the seabed and the plinth suggests the gas-pocket within the earth’s crust.

These three elements are said to combine to depict the coexistence of industry and nature.

Three more art pieces will be installed elsewhere in the centre of Lerwick in the near future as part of the first phase of the LOCUS project.

A map and guide has also been created by local artist and designer Chloe Keppie.

The second phase will feature two murals going up on walls in the centre of Lerwick.

The LOCUS project is being delivered by Living Lerwick in partnership with Shetland Arts. It has received financial support from the Scottish Government’s Town Centre Fund.