A shortlist of designs to showcase Elgin’s rich heritage has been unveiled.
Artists were tasked with conjuring up images from the past to form a new sculpture in the town centre. Now the entries have been narrowed down to four candidates with residents being given the chance to have their say.
The Wolf of Badenoch, the rogue responsible for burning down Elgin Cathedral in the 14th Century, features with his sword raised in triumph in David Annand’s design.
Town drummer William Edwards, who died in 1822 after holding the post for 60 years, parades again in Alan Herriot’s entry with two playful dogs for company. A mermaid lion wearing a dandelion on a red coat is Vik Quikly’s creative homage to what people wore when they came to look for work in Elgin. Diane MacLean has proposed flaming arches to add vibrancy to the town centre.
The Castle to Cathedral to Cashmere partnership is spearheading the sculpture competition to revive forgotten stories from Elgin’s past.
Ian Urquhart, who is involved in the project and the Elgin Fund, said: “The sculptures are a hugely important aspect of our regeneration work.
“They should appeal to both locals and visitors alike with the aim to engage, educate, excite and intrigue the public within the context of Elgin’s heritage and help the town to become established as a compelling visitor destination.
“Ultimately, the main aim of the project is to involve more people in its history and spark the imagination of those who live, work and visit this area, conjuring up scenes from the past, telling unseen stories and bringing the heritage of Elgin to life.”
Lt Col Grenville Johnston, honorary president of the Moray Society, said: “The new sculptures will create a centre piece and become a key part of Elgin’s public realm townscape for many years to come.”
Detailed drawings of the sculptures are now on display at Elgin Library until June 25. Members of the public can back their favourite by filling out a comment card there or online at www.elginheritage.scot. A panel will take into account views from residents before making the final decision in July.