The Why?s Man
"My art is place specific and people specific." George Wyllie
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ANTONINE, THE LEGENDARY ENGINE
In 1992 Scotrail celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Edinburgh & Glasgow Railway, and to mark the event, commissioned George Wyllie to create a sculpture. He created Antonine, the Legendary Engine which was unveiled at Falkirk High, a station which lies almost midway between Glasgow and Edinburgh. The station itself had been opened 150 years earlier in 1842.
The statue is protected by the Railway Heritage Committee. Wyllie named it after the Antonine Wall, which is a stone fortification built by the Romans across Scotland, stretching from the Clyde to the Forth. The wall was the most northerly barrier of the Roman Empire, and it had been named after the Roman Emperor, Antoninus who ordered its construction. Remnants still remain.
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