We caught up with him in his studio at the top of Triminghamâs Smiths department store which was littered with artistic debris, clothing from the store below öö sweaters in sizes five and 10 öö and decorations for his newest set of window displays. Such is the life of Will Collieson, artist and Triminghamâs Smiths window decorator.

Collieson was the artist chosen to design the public art piece outside of the Bullâs Head Car Park, to be officially unveiled today.

How did you come to create the statue for the Corporation of Hamilton?

The Corporation brought out legislation that any public building over a certain size had to have public art. When they put the extra level on it brought it into that category so they had to have some public art. They approached a few artists to come up with suggestions for a sculpture. I came up with a model of the sculpture, which I presented to them. They liked it and they asked how I was going to do it. A lot of it had to be made from very thick metal·

I worked with the Corporationâs engineers to create the sculpture. They have skilled men who were quite excited to be involved in it and it worked out extremely well.

The sculpture is two bulls· not quite abstract, but theyâre very stylized bulls. With it there will be a plaque explaining why the area is called Bullâs Head.

How would you describe your style of art?

Itâs eclectic. I work with all sorts of materials and I love working with found materials. Thatâs purely because I just like the materials, I donât know what it is about textures and materials that have been used by somebody else, I find that an added side to it. I could almost be described as an urban archaeologist, I like urban debris. I like to rearrange and play around with it.

How did you get involved with art in the first place?

Itâs something Iâve been doing since I was a child, not necessarily in the sense of sitting there sketching and drawing, but I always loved to collect. The sort of things that I was doing as a five-year-old with toy soldiers is probably what Iâm doing now. Thereâs a sense of play öö itâs a fascination with bits, shapes, things, colours, textures·

I like art because it has a sort of power. You can make lovely statements with art. If you havenât upset somebody as an artist, then youâre not really an artist. Iâd love to be more controversial than I am öö Iâm probably not even controversial öö but I strive to be. Iâve always thought art is a state of mind öö itâs nothing to do really with fingertips, itâs to do with your head.

How did you become a window decorator?

Iâve never done anything else. I went to art school and when you come out of art school all you want is a job related in some way with art. There happened to be an advert for a display assistant at Austin Reed, I applied and got it, and Iâve just gone from there.

Whatâs your inspiration for your shop windows?

I tend to get on a theme for maybe three or four months. Thereâs always something there öö I look for simple materials and in hardware stores. You donât need enormous resource to come up with original ideas. It works pretty good for me.

I think the two [stores] go well together·they match quite nicely. I love using all the different materials and I donât find it particularly difficult to produce a lot of windows. Iâve got 30 windows at the moment öö itâs like being a chef, itâs as easy to make 20 pies as 10 pies.