A PUBLIC art exhibit has paid tribute to North Berwick’s coastal status.

It features a 3D installation depicting three boats and roaring waves.

The piece has been created by local artist Rachel Marshall, with funding from North Berwick Trust, and sits within the community art space, operated by the pARTicipate group, on Westgate.

pARTicipate works under the umbrella of North Berwick Environment and Heritage Trust (NBEHT) and first started its community art project prior to the outbreak of Covid-19.

The community-driven arts space, which formerly housed phone boxes, has been home to a variety of works in recent years, including a powerful image in support of Ukraine. The new display depicts three vessels – an RNLI lifeboat, a lobster fishing vessel and a container ship.

Rachel, who last year created a 1950s-style seaside display at Waverley Station promoting Fringe by the Sea, said that she had been “humbled” to have the chance to create a piece at Westgate.

She added: “I’m so glad that I can share my love of art and interpretation of this beautiful place in which we live through my paintings.”

The artist, who trades under the name Bonzo-Art, was inspired when she “saw three ships” from the town and ran with the idea, deciding to donate a percentage of her earnings last December to the RNLI.

Geraldine Prince, pARTicipate co-ordinator, said: “This new installation turns the page at the phone boxes and it’s a perfect intervention bringing glowing moonlight and sparkling stars to dark winter days.

“It’s also beautifully made, communicating a vision so clearly and with charm, and a lively spirit that’s full of joy.”

Olwyn Owen, chair of North Berwick Environment and Heritage Trust, was also delighted to see the results of the collaboration.

She said: “We’re delighted to see the latest installation at the old phone boxes.

“This beautiful and very clever artwork is highly relevant to North Berwick with its sea-based themes of passing ships, fishing boats and lifeboats.

“We’re so pleased that pARTicipate, which is part of NBEHT, is going from strength to strength and give huge congratulations to the artist Rachel Marshall and to Geraldine Prince, who made it all happen.”