Art in Healthcare commissioned the artist Kate Downie to create South Tower Yellow Crane as part of the Bridges to Wonder exhibition in June 2017. The artwork represents the construction process of the Queensferry bridge to be opened in August 2017. Kate Downie's distinctive, almost unintentional style, captures the construction process in its truthful sense, revealing the beauty of the building construction without reliance on conventional landscape light and colour effects.
Kate Downie was born in America of British parentage, but returned to live in the North East of Scotland at the age of 7. She studied Fine Art at Gray's School of Art, Aberdeen, including post graduate studies. She has been artist in residence in the USA, Amsterdam, Paris and more recently Corsica and Norway. During her career Kate has established studios in places as diverse as a brewery, a maternity hospital, an oil rig and an island underneath the Forth Rail Bridge.
President of the historically adventurous Society of Scottish Artists from 2004-2006, Kate became a member of the Royal Scottish Academy in 2008. In 2011 she participated in an international residency programme in Beijing to make new work and to study the work of Chinese ink painters. A solo show of new work in response to China's Industrial Revolution opened in 2013 at the RSA in Edinburgh, accompanied by a new publication.
With thanks to sponsor support from BTO Solicitors, Edinburgh.