Heritage group launches bid for redesign of fishing statues
A HERITAGE group has launched a petition calling for statues in tribute to North-east fishermen and women to be redesigned.
The move came amid claims the sculptures are “a gross historical inaccuracy”.
Torry Heritage Group hopes the petition will give it a say in how the statues are designed before they are installed on Shiprow.
Proposals have been lodged by Aberdeen City Council to have the sculptures created by artist David Williamsellis erected at Aberdeen Maritime Museum.
The works, depicting a fisherman and woman, were commissioned on behalf of the Fishermen’s Memorial Working Group.
However, the petition states the mock-up designs are a “gross historical inaccuracy”.
The group highlights the importance of Torry as the centre of the fishing industry for most of the 19th and 20th century.
The petition says: “The format and dress of the models pictured are not representative of the fishing community of Aberdeen.
“Indeed, some felt they are a flagrant insult to fisher families, and to the heritage our ancestors left for future generations.”
Appealing to be allowed a say on the final design of the memorial, the group said the dress of the characters was all wrong.
“In the case of the female figure, the creel is just the wrong shape, and a brief visit to the Aberdeen Maritime Museum would have shown the correct form displayed there,” the petition continues. “Costume-wise, no self-respecting fisherwoman would have gone out with tattered hems on her dress and apron, and if she had, it is unlikely that any local housewife would have bought fish from such an unkempt figure.”
The criticism came after
Some felt they are a flagrant insult to fisher families
the son of a fisherman lost at sea branded the statue mockups “an insult”.
Hugh Falconer also hit out at the dress of the male figure saying he appeared to be wearing “a cowboy hat and tight jeans”.
An Aberdeen City Council spokeswoman said: “The Lord Provost will respond to the Torry Heritage Group directly in due course.”
controversy: The mock-up designs for the fisherman, and, inset, the fisherwoman.