Bruce’s biggest challenge to date

The skill of the crane driver came into its own as the massive slab was gently lowered into place in the shed in Kirriemuir, ready for Bruce to begin his work.
The skill of the crane driver came into its own as the massive slab was gently lowered into place in the shed in Kirriemuir, ready for Bruce to begin his work.

KIRRIEMUIR sculptor Bruce Walker has embarked on his biggest challenge to date, to do justice to the ill-fated Terra Nova expedition to the South Pole exactly 100 years ago.

On Wednesday Bruce was on hand to take delivery of a giant slab of granite, kindly donated by international quarry company Breedon, and on Thursday he set to work to complete his biggest commission on behalf of Kirriemuir Landward East Community Council.

The logistics of moving the massive slab, valued at around £20,000, from near Dunecht in Aberdeenshire to Kirriemuir were immense.

Now in situ Bruce has begun creating what will be a remarkable, fitting tribute to Captain Robert Falcon Scott and Dr Edward Wilson, who planned the trip to the South Pole from Burnside Lodge in Glen Prosen.

Bruce said: “This is my biggest project, in more ways than one. It is extremely intricate, very detailed. It is the most relevant historically to the area and the most challenging. There is a lot of pressure to get this right and I feel honoured to be given this commission. This is what I have waited for all my life. It is a dream come true.”

After months of research Bruce can now begin carving the stone to depict a truly breathtaking tribute to the explorers.