Flame for Dunblane
Fashioned from a single yew, the trunk has been shaped to represent a flame, while the spreading roots of the tree serve as the base of the sculpture. The front has in fact four more flames deeply carved within the outer flame, making five in all, to symbolise the average age of the children killed, while the rear has seventeen deep channels radiating starburst-like from the centre to symbolise the number of people here commemorated. The sculpture, approached by a short gravel path, is set on a raised bed bounded by a low log fence. Around this have been planted seventeen hazels and seventeen oaks. The soil between the trees is a bed for snowdrops, anemones and bluebells, selected because they flower in March, the month of the tragedy.
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