Water Water Everywhere .. and a Mural Ahoy to Drink In
The Firth of Forth is charming in fine weather but its close
proximity to Prestoungrange creates very real problems. Whenever
you dig a hole it soon fills up with water. This became very taxing
for those in the business of digging for coal where the mines
were sunk eight hundred feet down. They were perpetually flooded.
Closure meant no coal. No coal meant orders went unfulfilled jeopardising
the future of the company; men out of work meant no money went
home. So, it was in everyone's interest to ensure coal operations
continued unimpeded and the late 19th century solution was provided
by James Watt's breakthrough in steam technology, the steam condenser.
It was first put to use at Prestongrange Colliery well over one
hundred years ago.
Jim Cursiter is the Aberdeen born artist of our latest 21st Century
Mural, The Beam Engine. He has, since 1981, worked as a freelance
scenic artist and designer. His painting projects have included
pantomimes for the King's Theatres in Edinburgh and Glasgow, background
work for major exhibitions in the City Arts Centre such as The
Emperor's Warriors and Gold of the Pharohs, and murals in Gleneagles
Hotel. Jim has also designed sets for the Scottish Opera. He continues
to create his own work and mounted a one man show in the Lyceum
Theatre earlier this year.
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