Her­itage group launches bid for re­design of fish­ing stat­ues

Evening Express (City Final) - - Uk & Abroad - By Ana Da Silva

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.

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