ART students from Central Fife lent a hand to an award-winning international artist last week.

David Mach gave the public the opportunity to see him create a large-scale sculpture in Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries (DCL&G).

HNC Art & Design students from Fife College helped him put the Odyssey installation together from Monday to Friday, and the exhibition is now on display at the ONFife venue until February 2.

Craig Carson and Kathleen Gibb, from Kelty and Lumphinnans are pictured with Robert and David Mach.

Mach is using newspapers in the construction to create the appearance of dynamic, fluid movement, with six tonnes of papers spilling out of a shipping container.

Talking about the exhibition, he said: “Sea containers carry the world’s stuff. We make, we produce, we trade. We’re obsessed with it. It’s in our genes.

“We use these boxes to hold our ideas and designs. They travel the globe with our history and our culture in one long continuous journey.

“It’s no wonder they appear like Greek temples, their long, ribbed sides replicating pillars, their short gable ends holding the doors to the Aladdin’s Cave inside.”

In the 1980s, he paved the way for installation art with his first sculpture, a giant Polaris submarine made from car tyres.

Much of his early work was created from enormous intricate constructions of newspapers, none of which were fixed with glue, nails or screws.

Since then he has worked with match heads, pianos, full-size billiard tables, dishwashers and coat-hangers.

Lesley Botten, Interpretation Team Leader, ONFife Cultural Trust, said: “Staging “Odyssey” has been a logistical challenge and taken months of planning but we’ve really enjoyed working on this ambitious installation. We are now very excited to see it come together and I’m looking forward to seeing how our visitors’ respond.

“We hope as many as possible take up the invitation to come along and see the work progress next week, a very rare chance to watch a leading artist at work and an installation being created.”