Sculptor's work on display at Holyrood

Published: 21 Jul 2012 15:000 comments

ARTWORK by the late Gourock sculptor George Wyllie has gone on display as part of a special exhibition in the Scottish Parliament.

The Gourock artist sadly died in May aged 90 but his hugely memorable artwork will live on forever.

And the latest evidence of its popularity is an exhibition running at Holyrood from now until October, which will see a number of George's wonderful creations showcased in a spectacular celebration of his life and work.

Some of his sculptures have been installed in the parliament's MSP garden, including Cradle, Contemplace, Eco-bucket, Studio and Train of the standing stones, plus his Maquette of the Berlin Burd.

The showcase is one of a number of events organised by the parliament to promote culture in Scotland.

Tours of the sculptures will be open to the public and can be booked in July, August and September.

The life and work of George is also currently being commemorated in a year-long celebration.

Initiated by The Friends of Wyllie, the celebration is aptly named the Whysman Festival.

Mr Wyllie died earlier this year at Inverclyde Royal Hospital following a short illness.

His eldest daughter Louise Wyllie said: "He was so pleased with the idea of The Whysman Festival which is running throughout 2012 to celebrate his artistic legacy."

Arts writer, Jan Patience, chair of the Friends of George Wyllie, added: "George Wyllie was a remarkable artist who reached out beyond the confines of the art gallery scene and connected with real people all over the world through his thought-provoking art.

"He had the knack of making you ask questions, of not accepting the status quo.

"His mind was constantly inquiring, and his art was constantly pushing out barriers. That is his legacy."

More information on the Holyrood tours, which must be booked in advance, is available from parliament visitor services on 0131 348 5200 or by emailing

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