V&A Dundee celebrates Scottish design with 492ft comic strip

A giant 492ft comic strip has been erected at the waterfront construction site of the V&A Museum of Design Dundee in celebration of Scottish design.

Harris Tweed, the Falkirk Wheel and Dundee-based game developer Guerrilla Tea all feature in the strip which was created by comic illustrator Will Morris and graphic designer David Mackenzie.

“Comic illustration is such an integral part of Dundee’s creative history that we immediately understood the appeal for local audiences,” explained Tara Wainwright of V&A Dundee. “Equally we hope this approach will inspire and excite audiences nationally, and around the world.

“It’s essential to us that we engage our communities in the story of design. The comic strip provides an unusual and memorable way of starting to explore some of the ideas and themes we’ll look at in the new museum.”

Lorna Macaulay, chief executive of the Harris Tweet Authority, commented: “If this is the level of creativity on the building site, I am deeply excited for what’s to come inside the building when it’s ready.”

Steve Dunlop, chief executive of Scottish Canals, which operates the Falkirk Wheel, said the “towering symbol of the legacy of innovative engineering” that he was “delighted” by its inclusion in the strip.

Guerrilla Tea’s chief creative officer, Matt Zanetti, also added he was “humbled to have our story told in such a creative manner by an institution as prestigious as the V&A Dundee.”

V&A Dundee is set to be completed by the end of 2017.

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