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November 2 2017

Leopard sculpture given top spot at Marischal Square
Aberdeen’s Marischal Square development has taken shape with the unveiling of a new Andy Scott sculpture depicting a balancing leopard.

Inspired by the city’s coat of arms, which includes two leopards, the feline form draws on a local tale which contends that James 1 donated the animals to the city in thanks for Aberdeen underwriting his expenses while held captive in England.

In recent days Muse Developments have opened the 126-room Residence In by Marriott and the 1MSq office building which will include a number of ground floor restaurants and cafes.

Centrepiece of 1MSq’s main atrium the sculpture is clearly visible from both ground floor leisure spaces and office floors above, opening onto a new area of landscaped public realm extending to Marischal College.  

Scott commented: “I’ve worked on this sculpture for over a year in the studio and it’s been very demanding.  There are literally thousands of steel fragments, all individually welded to create the form of the artwork.  It now stands five metres tall, weighs just over two tons, and will sit proudly atop a ten metre high steel column.“

Atelier Ten carried out the lighting design of the sculpture with luminaires and control systems provided by Cartwright Lighting. Halliday Fraser Munro served as architects for the £107m build.
The sculpture has been built to serve as a major city centre draw
The sculpture has been built to serve as a major city centre draw

7 Comments

Bling
#1 Posted by Bling on 2 Nov 2017 at 18:44 PM
A befitting piece of crass jewellery for an equally loutish and tasteless development.
Jon
#2 Posted by Jon on 3 Nov 2017 at 10:51 AM
Wheres the 50ft high solid gold statue of Our Dear Leader Willie Watt?
Amenq
#3 Posted by Amenq on 3 Nov 2017 at 13:44 PM
Poo-ing cat once seen cannot be unseen.
H A M M E R & H A M M E R & H A M M E R
#4 Posted by H A M M E R & H A M M E R & H A M M E R on 3 Nov 2017 at 13:53 PM
Oh I see. It's a leopard. I know this because it looks just like a leopard. It's supposed to be a leopard and it looks exactly like a leopard. It's a sculpture of a leopard.

Brilliant.
Bill S
#5 Posted by Bill S on 4 Nov 2017 at 15:27 PM
Re No. 2; I presume you mean Wullie "I huvnae a clue aboot pennies" Young? Willie Watt is a Director at Nicoll Russell Studios.
Jon
#6 Posted by Jon on 6 Nov 2017 at 10:55 AM
@5 Bill S - my apologies, yes I meant Our Wullie Young, not Mr Watt, who I find perfectly amiable! I think I must have had architecture-on-the-brain...
Scotsguy61
#7 Posted by Scotsguy61 on 6 Nov 2017 at 13:56 PM
Mare bling for Aberdeen. I take it the development was £107m not the Andy Scott sculpture or maybe it was as he's famous, did the Kelpies and all.

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