Aberdeenshire builders merchant unveils sculptures
A North-east-based builders merchant has unveiled a series of sustainable sculptures.
GPH of Westhill and Inverurie is displaying the work of acclaimed North-east artist Bruce Walker.
In 2012, Mr Walker completed a sculpture, commissioned to replace an existing monument to Captain Scott and Dr Wilson‘s explorations of Antarctica. It is believed to be one of the biggest granite carvings in the world and is situated in Glen Prosen, Angus.
Mr Walker’s Pictish Queen, a semi-abstract Aberdeenshire granite sculpture with Pictish Celtic carving, is on show at the Inverurie branch of GPH. The display also features dry stone dyking by world-champion dyker Davie Sinclair, who received a year-long Historic Scotland bursary last August to train under Mr Walker.
Mr Walker said: “There’s so much conceptual art just now but I believe sculpture should be in a sustainable material. I am trying to promote granite and give people an idea of what can be done.
“These traditional methods, which use local materials, have been proven to last."
Nikki Mortimer, GPH sales and marketing director, said: “We first met Bruce through a mutual contact when he was involved in sourcing granite from Craigenlow Quarry near Dunecht. Having seen Bruce’s work first hand and having been so impressed with his Scott of the Antarctic sculpture, we knew that his work would be very special. It is perfect for discerning private customers, but also what better way to make an impact at the entrance to your business than with indigenous stone, skillfully crafted by local artisans?
“GPH is delighted to be showcasing the work of these talented individuals at our premises. We feel that their work really complements the slab and aggregate products that GPH already displays and sells, as well as providing our customers with the opportunity to own something truly unique, captured in local stone by Bruce and Davie.”