A Dundee artist and sculptor has ambitious plans to create a community garden in the Linlathen area of the city to display his work and that of others.
Joe Alcorn, 67, also hopes to develop community art spaces all over the city.
He is currently in talks with Lidl about having a piece of his work on show at the new retail development site planned for Kingsway East.
Joe creates amazing works of art and sculptures at his home in the city’s Fountainbleau Road.
His small back garden plays host to an incredible display of his sculptures created over the past 15 years.
He said each sculpture takes about three months to complete and they are carved out of sandstone and granite.
He said: “I am now retired and can spend all my days in my workshop in the garden.
“I work with recycled stone as much as possible and also take inspiration from the piece of stone I have to work with.”
He has recently created a series of sculptures based on Pictish art.
Joe has high hopes they will be the pieces that kick off the community garden.
“I have studied a lot about Pictish art and have created a whole series of sculptures which are based on my interpretation of their work,” he said.
“I would love to create a community garden at the pavilion in Fountainbleau Road to encourage other people to come along and get involved and learn to enjoy art.
“These are life-size pieces that I would love to see in such a garden.
“However, my plans for the garden are not just for my sculptures.
“I would like other artists to contribute as well and create a space for everyone in Dundee to enjoy.
“If that is successful I would also love to see community art spaces all over the city.”
Among the Pictish pieces is one inspired by river deities.
Joe said: “I have named my piece Tay.
“It would be a fantastic piece to have somewhere down at the new Waterfront.
“I have also had initial talks with Dundee City Council about possibly getting some of the pieces displayed around the Waterfront, maybe even at Slessor Gardens.
“I want to open up art to people all over the city and encourage others to get involved.
“I would be making my pieces available free of charge.
“If any do sell then the money would be ploughed back into my Art Social group to get people taking part in creating art.
“We need to give art back to the community.
“I do a lot of work through the group because I believe society needs to be included in the creative activity, and everyone can understand art at a basic level. It is for everybody, and everybody can do it.
“Art belongs in communities.”
He explained that the Art Social group runs art classes and is available to everyone.
Joe is also due to have talks about creating a sculpture for the new £7 million retail development at the site of the former ABB factory at Kingsway East.
He said: “I have been contacted but as yet don’t know what they are thinking they would like.
“If it works it would be an exciting project.”