Aberdeen puts Bruce statue to a vote


The people of Aberdeen are to cast their votes for the design of a new statue celebrating King Robert the Bruce’s links with the Granite City.

The competition, which attracted efforts from artists all over the world, has been whittled down to three entries.

The designs from David A Annand, Alan B Herriot and Benjamin Victor will go on display at Aberdeen Art Gallery for the next two weeks.

Councillor Kevin Stewart, deputy leader of Aberdeen City Council, said he had been moved to push for the addition to the city after discovering the only statue of King Robert the Bruce, which is in the Town House, was made of plastic.

The council will stump up £125,000 to commission the winning artist, marking the 700th anniversary of Bruce’s inauguration.

Mr Stewart said: ‘This is radical approach to public art because the artists have been given more or less free reign in their designs.

‘Like everyone else, I’m excited to see what they have come up with – and which design will find favour with the people of Aberdeen as a fitting honour to a hugely important figure in the city’s history.’

The competition attracted more than 40 notes of interest from as far afield as Israel and Serbia.


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