SCULPTORS SOUGHT FOR MODEL T TRIBUTE
£89k available to recreate the plucky Ford that once scaled Ben Nevis
‘The idea is to install a sculpture of the Ford Model T that drove up Ben Nevis’
The Scottish Government is seeking artists to recreate a famous Ford Model T in order for it to be turned into a tourist attraction.
The Ford Model T in question was driven to the summit of Ben Nevis and back down in 1911 by Henry Alexander Jr, the son of Scotland’s first Ford dealer.
Scotland’s Highland Council is seeking a creative type to craft the sculpture, which will be installed in Fort William. The project will have a budget of up to £89,000.
A spokesperson from the Highland Council says: ‘The idea is to develop, cast and install a life size, bronze sculpture of the Ford Model T that was driven to the summit of Ben Nevis in 1911.
‘The sculpture will incorporate a recognisable, life size figure of Henry Alexander at the wheel, and access should be available to enable public interaction and photo opportunities.
‘The scope of works will include the full site preparation and installation of the sculpture into the existing stone paved pedestrian area, and will require the winning tenderer to take on the role of principal contractor.’
In 2011, a team of around 60 volunteers scaled Ben Nevis with a deconstructed replica of this famous Model T. It was reassembled at the top, before being dismantled and brought back down. Parts of that replica car may be used as templates for the artist taking on this task.
The Ford Model T ascending Ben Nevis back in 1911.
An artist’s impression of how the sculpture will look.