2019 Design Award

The Mussel Shell

The presentation of the annual Design Award for 2019 to the Sculptor of the Mussel Shell was postponed due to the onset of Covid-19 which has affected all our lives to a greater or lesser extent.  However, with the assistance of East Lothian Council a date was set and the presentation took place on Tuesday 27th October 2020 – some ten months after the recipient of the award was decided upon.  The Mussel Shell proved to be a popular choice with the Society members when the opportunity was given to vote after the December 2019 lecture.

The sculptor, Michael Johnson, was presented with the Society’s plaque by our Patron Finlay Lockie.

Appreciation was given to Tesco Ltd for funding the project as part of East Lothian Council’s Percent for Art Policy.  The 12 feet tall Shell has been given the title “Memory and Reflections” by Michael and the work represents the history of the burgh through images depicted on the outer shell and reflects its relationship with the sea and land through the polished mirror inner.  Committee member, Alan Stevens, said the Society’s annual Design Award was established to encourage good design and sensitive renovation of Musselburgh’s buildings and surroundings. The Mussel Shell is located at Murdoch Green on the sea front and this striking sculpture stands out overlooking the Forth and has come to be part of the fabric of the town and embraced by the community.