ART lovers across Inverclyde are being invited to share their favourite memories of a renowned Gourock artist to help mark what would have been his centenary year.

To celebrate 100 years since the birth of much-loved creator George Wyllie, his family are creating a new online map detailing his public - and perhaps unknown - sculptures.

The 'Mapping Memories' project launched on what would've been Mr Wyllie's 99th birthday, 31 December.

It aims to include the locations and details of not just sculptures but many of the artist's temporary installations such as the Straw Locomotive and the Paper Boat.

The artist's elder daughter, Louise Wyllie, says the trail will form a permanent marker of her father's ‘out-and-about’ approach to art which took him across the UK and beyond.

Louise said: "My father used to say that his definition of public art was art the public couldn't avoid.

"There are hundreds of sculptures, installations and artworks out there - some of which we know about, like the Running Clock in Glasgow, and others which were temporary, such as his most famous artworks the Straw Locomotive and the Paper Boat.

"There are works of my father’s out there - in pubs, houses and gardens - that we don’t know a lot about and it’s important to us that we find out more about them.

"We’d like to collate as much information as possible to create the art trail map.

"The project will act as a window into the past, allowing people to discover my dad’s temporary installations, which were often his most ambitious and influential works."

George lived in Gourock for 50 years and passed away in 2012 at the age of 90.

To get the project up and running, the George Wyllie Estate successfully raised £4,270 as part of a crowdfunding campaign with Creative Scotland.

It is believed that works of the artist - who didn't take up his creative 'calling' until the age of 52 - stretches across the globe and is on display in places like Berlin, Sri Lanka and America.

Louise added: "We're asking communities, artists, curators, critics, welders, shipbuilders, school pupils or anyone who worked with or remembers his temporary installations to contribute to this project by sharing their stories on our new digital platforms.

"It's very easy to do and all the contributions will make up an art trail with locations and details of works, which will be freely available online allowing more people to discover and enjoy my father's playfully serious approach to making and creating."

To contribute to the project, visit