Published on : Thursday, June 23, 2016
VisitScotland has worked with Scottish artist Vanessa Gibson to create a ‘ScotSpirit Wullie’ as part of Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail set to hit the streets of Dundee on Monday 27 June.
Using a variety of media including acrylic paint and fine nib markers, Vanessa has transformed the blank Oor Wullie statue into a fusion of colour and black and white, representing the Spirit of Scotland and the 2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design.
ScotSpirit Wullie features the Seven Spirits of Scotland in colourful writing including Soul (across his chest), Humour (across his bottom), Guts (across his stomach), Determination (up his right side), Fun (elbow) Spark (face) and Warmth (down his left side).
Black and white features include 25 small drawings to celebrate Scotland’s pioneering spirit in the 2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design including: The Hill House, incandescent light bulb, toaster, first boat propeller, first postage stamp, first colour photo, Scottish Parliament, Forth Bridge, Tarmac, first waterproof ‘Mackintosh’ coat, the Enchanted Forest, absolute zero, Harris Tweed, Kelburn Castle, first flushing toilet, SSE Hydro, telephone, first pedal bicycle, grand piano, MRI scanner, ATM, criminal fingerprinting, vacuum flask, Watt’s steam engine and the kaleidoscope.
The ScotSpirit Wullie took 14 days to create and will be put on display in Dundee on 27 June as Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail launches to the world. The statue will then go on a tour of Scotland over the summer to inspire visitors and residents alike to get out and enjoy more of the country’s spirit.
Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail is a major public arts event that will see the streets of Dundee and beyond come to life with a spectacle of colour of 50 giant Oor Wullie sculptures in summer 2016.
The project, a collaboration between The ARCHIE Foundation, DC Thomson and Wild in Art, will capture the hearts and minds of the public and encourage us all to become ‘tourists in our own city’ and attract visitors from all over.
The Oor Wullie sculptures are beautifully decorated by local and national artists as well as household names from the worlds of film, music, art, animation and fashion. From small local companies to national corporations, a whole host of businesses and individuals have taken the opportunity to sponsor a sculpture that will then be on show for 10 weeks before taking the sculptures to auction to help raise funds for The ARCHIE Foundation’s Tayside Appeal to create a twin theatre suite for the children’s hospital.
Source:- Visit Scotland