Dundee’s famous ancestors could be celebrated as part of a new Waterfront tribute with special “manhole covers”.
Plans have been launched for explorers, scientists and inventors from the city to be commemorated on a new pathway in the proposed green space between Caird Hall and the V&A museum.
The idea is the brainchild of 39-year-old West End resident Kelly Marr, who is originally from Sydney.
The childminder first approached the council with her plans more than a decade ago, but was knocked back due to a lack of ongoing development in the city.
Now, thanks to the 1 billion transformation of the Waterfront, talks have taken place with council public art bosses with a view to making her vision a reality.
The tribute dubbed Discovery Walk would see at least 10 large plaques placed along the route.
Inside the plaques there would be “granite stone” circles, the size of manhole covers, featuring the names and information about those being celebrated.
An organising committee has been set up to oversee the project and it is hoped, if given the go-ahead, the path would be completed within the next 18 months.
Kelly said: “I have lived in the West End for 20 years and have got to know some of the achievements which are not being celebrated enough.
“I don’t think there is one particular area which celebrates the discovery, invention and science in Dundee.
“It will celebrate the contributions that Dundonians have made and the plan is that every five years the committee will sit down and add to the names.”
The committee will meet next month to decide the first 10 figures that could be included in the trail.
Among the short-listed names are James Chalmers, the inventor of the adhesive postage stamp, and biologist Professor D’Arcy Thompson.