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Horn, The

Located in Polkemmet Country Park in West Lothian, the Horn is an elegant 24-m (79-feet) high tubular stainless steel structure that overlooks the M8 motorway from the south, which periodically 'speaks' to passing vehicles. Located 1¼ miles (2 km) west of Whitburn and 1½ miles (2.5 km) east northeast of Harthill, the Horn was commissioned by West Lothian District Council and designed by Dundee-based artists Matthew Dalziel (b.1957) and Louise Scullion (b.1966) as part of the M8 Art Project to act as a landmark halfway between Edinburgh and Glasgow. Installed in 1997, the structure comprises a slender tube that rises from a concrete base, tapering slightly, before terminating in a swan-neck and oval trumpet which points out onto the west-bound carriageway of the motorway, broadcasting recorded music, poetry and other messages.


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