Michael Johnson

Above and Below - Uphall and Broxburn, 2013


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website full 2 base detail base detail 2 leaves detail bronze 2 bronze ramsons detail

Materials: stainless steel,

bronze, Bings shale


The history of the shale oil

industry dominates the local

heritage. The base of the

sculpture is made of shale

material and within it lies a collection of bronze castings of tools and objects related to the shale oil industry and associated trades. The Bings, spoil heaps from the mining of the shale oil, are becoming naturalised by wildlife and growth of plants and trees. Rosebay Willowherb, Wild garlic and Hawthorn are represented here as symbols of regeneration and future growth of the area.