This striking, stained glass panel was made by artist Emma Shipton of Aurora Glass in Alloa. It was commissioned by the Central Regional Council for their display at the Glasgow Garden Festival in 1988. The Central Regional Council was the administrative body for the Stirling, Clackmannan and Falkirk areas for more than 20 years. Some of their most prominent landmarks feature in this design. The vibrant blues of that strategic central waterway, the Forth, flow from the soft greens and heathers of central Scotland’s hills. The area’s links to the nation’s history are clear, with Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument. Local industry is represented by the textile mills of the Hillfoots, by the winding gear so symbolic of the coal mines east of Stirling, and by the refinery at Grangemouth. After the exhibition at the Festival, the panel was installed at the entrance to the Council Chamber at Old Viewforth in Stirling. When this space was later refurbished by Stirling Council the panel was given into the care of The Smith Art Gallery and Museum.