Giant sculpture for Gretna crossing

The border crossing between England and Scotland at Gretna will soon be marked by the sculpture of a giant whirling star.

Designed by Cecil Balmond, the Star of Caledonia was chosen from among several entries to the contest held by the Gretna Landmark Trust to give motorists an "iconic welcome".

Together with landscape architect and designer Charles Jencks, Balmond will now work to set up the landmark at the crossing.

Mr Jencks said the sculpture would give a distinct character to the landscape at the frontier and relieve the monotony of motorway signs for drivers.

"Crossing the border to Scotland, across the River Sark, is now a passage obscured under a bridge by cars travelling at speed," he said.

"Instead of marking this with motorway signs we are using a landform and sculpture that pulls together the adjacent site, the distant hills and the Solway. Nestled into the curving mound and springing from it is Cecil Balmond's whirling creation."

Called the The Great Unknown the trust's competition attracted entries from well known designers and artists including American sculptor Ned Kahn and Chris Wilkinson of London-based Wilkinson Eyre Architects.

A panel of experts judged the designs and decided to name the Star of Caledonia as the winner.