Banffshire Coast News

Portsoy community aim for dolphin statue

Eight years ago, Carn Standing met a young woman on the Doonie beside the remains of the gable end at Portsoy Harbour. She was disabled and very ill, but had been camping there for a number of weeks. He asked her why she was there, to which she replied that she’d been waiting for the dolphins. Carn was inspired by her spirit and determination, and since this encounter, seeing dolphins has always reminded him of this brave woman. This prompted him to create a life size dolphin sculpture out of mild steel and galvanized to protect it from rust, for the 2014 'Scottish Traditional Boat Festival' in Portsoy.  

Dolphins in a lot of cultures around the world symbolise community and harmony and due to such a positive response from locals and visitors alike after seeing the sculpture poised on the harbour wall during the Boat Festival weekend, Carn has graciously agreed to give the Portsoy community first option to purchase this beautiful sculpture. A fundraising effort has begun for this cause.  

In the last 30 years Carn has created a substantial body of work ranging from life-sized sculptures of animals cast in bronze and stone, to designs and sculptures for film, television and major theme parks. His commissioned works are in private collections around the world and some have also been shown at international events such as Crufts.  He sculpts with a wide range of materials including ceramics, mild steel, bronze and glass, often combining more than one material. All the work that he creates is made by him alone, by hand, capturing the heart and soul of the maker.   

Donations are being collected at Beggars Belief Coffee Shop and The Shore Inn near the harbour or if you would like any information about donating or assisting with this fundraising effort, please email Lee at leemail44@gmail.com




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