A SCULPTURE of Inverclyde icon James Watt has been given the green light by council planning bosses.

RIG Arts asked for permission to build an educational homage to the engineer and chemist as part of a proposed augmented reality James Watt heritage trail.

The sculpture will be the centrepiece of a 'Watt's Behind the Man' interactive learning experience and will be positioned in the grounds of the Watt Insitution.

Panels on the sculpture - which will sit beside the McLean Museum entrance in Kelly Street - will detail the inventor's life and achievements and link to a free app.

A council planning report stated: "The proposed sculpture will have a traditional finish, ensuring it will not detract from its historic setting, and the relative scale of the proposal is acceptable to the setting of a listed building."