YOUNG Greenock artists found a new gear as they created colourful artwork for the new cycle track at East India Harbour.

The impressive outdoor displays have been installed along the National Cycle Network Route 75.

The initiative was a joint project between Sustrans and RIG Arts and part of the national ’Shapechangers’ public art project along the National Cycle Network.

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Bruce Phillips, a network engagement co-ordinator at Sustrans, said: "ShapeChangers is all about helping young creative people change the way we experience outdoor spaces.

"It's exciting to see these students take on the task of temporarily transforming their local travel routes on the National Cycle Network.

“Young people are the future, and it is vital that they can help shape the places they live.

"We hope this will encourage more young people to discover and use their local routes on the National Cycle Network. Travelling independently is a great way to help improve young people’s mental and physical health.”

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The works are inspired by the local history of nearby mills and the modern day transition to greener transport systems.

The pieces explore how people are becoming more aware of the environment around them with a shift to active travel like cycling.

The project is supported by funding from the Scottish Government and administered through Sustrans Scotland’s Art and Diversity programme.

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RIG Arts kicked off the programme by unveiling three temporary artworks assembled from recycled materials.

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Maya Rose-Edwards, lead artist, RIG Arts said: "It’s been wonderful to be a part of the ShapeChangers project, witnessing young artists finding their voice and breaking free of the limitations of mainstream education. Teaching them about social engagement, site-specific art, and navigating public spaces has been a pleasure.

"There have been new challenges and responsibilities in the commission that the young artists haven't encountered before. I'm proud that, with my support, they've fearlessly overcome these challenges."

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Karen Orr, chief executive of Rig Arts, added: "Shapechangers has been an exciting project, challenging young artists to make site-specific work to the location.

"It also encouraged them to connect to others and develop ideas to fit the brief.

“They have had the opportunity to go through the process of being a commissioned artist as part of a national project, which is an amazing opportunity.”

The work will be on display until November 19.

Images: RIG Arts/Sustrans