Century of Sport

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Alan Potter consulted with members of the Boating Club, Bowling Club, Football Club, Golf Club, Rugby Club, etc. to come up with this innovative design for the Century of Sport mural. It is situated on the gable next to the QI petrol station on High Street.

Alan's interpretation of his design is as follows:-

The design attempts to illustrate the various outdoor sporting activities enjoyed in Invergordon during the past 100 years.

Artist's design
Artist's design

As most sports in the town involve the use of a ball of one kind or another it seemed logical to use this device as a means of linking the individual references to the eight sports shown in the design. In the right hand corner the narrative begins with a Victorian Golfer tee-ing off at the American Gardens.

Alan and Charlie
Alan and Charlie

The ball arcs towards an Edwardian lady tennis player who strikes the ball onwards to a cricket player circa 1920.Our cricketer knocks the ball forward where it becomes the Jack in a game of bowls being played by a lady during World War 2. She is watched by a spectating sailor.

The ball progresses to become a football which is struck by a player in the strip of Invergordon FC in the 1950’s. It is then transformed into a rugby ball which is caught by a rugby player of the same era.

Taking shape
Taking shape

The Ball motif is further transformed into the sun and subsequently into the end of the greasy pole which was used in competitions at the outdoor swimming pool and was fixed to the diving platform. From the top of this platform a swimmer dives into the pool, her swimming cap forming another circular ball image.

The cycle is completed with the scene of a sailboat about to round a racing buoy in the Cromarty Firth

Familiar landmarks are shown such as the church steeple and the fuel tanks. The bowling club pavilion is shown which was of similar design to those of football, rugby, tennis & cricket clubs which were all probably donated by the Royal Navy

Alan Potter 3rd May 2007

Blank Canvas
Blank Canvas
Completed mural
Completed mural
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