A KIRRIEMUIR-BASED artist gave rock solid support to Dundee College horticulture staff and students as they prepared their entry for the Dundee Flower at Food Festival in the city’s Camperdown Park.
Renowned sculptor Bruce Walker took time off from creating a massive new memorial for Scott of Antarctic – reckoned to be the biggest piece of sculpture undertaken in the UK since the 1920s – to become involved with the Dundee College garden.
And his support paid dividends as the college entry scooped a gold award and the prestigious Lord Provost’s Trophy.
Bruce loaned five of his works to the show garden. Among these were two entitled ‘Erebus’ and ‘Cosmic Rhythm’, to be used as focal points within the display, complementing the unfinished granite which is also a feature of this garden,
He also loaned a six-foot tall Pictish-style standing stone with creatures carved on both sides, a teardrop shaped piece of marble with abstract designs reminiscent of the heavens – stars or constellations, and 2ft tall neo-classical head.
‘Erebus’, named after the Antarctic volcano, incorporates the Shakespeare quote from ‘As You Like It’ - ‘Blow, blow, thou winter wind, Thou art not so unkind As man’s ingratitude’.
Bruce said: “I’ve always loved these lines and feel they have a real resonance today.”
The sculptor was keen to become involved with the college project. He continued: “I left school at 15 and began an apprenticeship as a mason. Back in the 1960s, however, masons’ apprentices had to attend art school and I have always been grateful for that chance.”
Meanwhile Dundee College was delighted to incorporate Bruce’s work into the garden. “The sculptures sat in stark contrast to the soft textures of the hundreds of herbaceous plants involved in this garden,” explained Gordon Croll, curriculum manager, horticulture. “We were thrilled to accept Bruce’s generous offer and include them in our design. We are absolutely delighted and really grateful for Bruce’s help in gaining these awards.”