A war memo­rial dam­aged by van­dals is to be cast in bronze by Dundee stu­dents. Tech­ni­cian Roddy Mathieson and artist-in-res­i­dence Ul­rika Kjeld­sen at the fur­nace with Karen El­liot. Pic­ture: Mhari Ed­wards.

SCULP­TURE: Fundrais­ing drive on­go­ing for £10,000 needed to com­plete pub­lic art project

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - GRAEME STRA­CHAN

An An­gus war memo­rial struck down by van­dals will be cast in bronze by Dundee stu­dents.

Ar­broath artist Karen El­liot’s ceramic horse sad­dle was dam­aged by van­dals just a day af­ter its un­veil­ing at a Re­mem­brance cer­e­mony in Brechin in Novem­ber.

The sad­dle was ded­i­cated to the eight mil­lion fallen horses which were the back­bone of the effort for both sides in the First World War.

Karen, who is study­ing HNC ceram­ics at D&A Col­lege, spent 100 hours on the re­search, de­sign and cre­ation process of the ceramic sculp­ture, which was worth £4,000.

It was re­moved for re­pairs, and £10,000 will be needed to have “True Hearted” cast in bronze at the pur­pose­built foundry at Dun­can of Jor­dan­stone Col­lege of Art and De­sign (DJCAD).

“The best de­gree stu­dents will be cho­sen to work on my pub­lic sculp­ture in the foundry on cam­pus,” said Karen.

“Roddy Mathieson, from DJCAD, viewed the orig­i­nal ceramic up­turned sad­dle with his col­league, Kris, and dis­cussed op­tions on how to go about it.

“They re­alised that his mo­bile foundry would not be able to cast my sculp­ture be­cause too much bronze would be re­quired.

“He has now ar­ranged for the work to be done at DJCAD which he be­lieves will take around three months, and the process will be well-doc­u­mented.

“Of course, all of this de­pends on ob­tain­ing lot­tery fund­ing.”

Karen said the cost of the bronze would be just un­der £10,000, plus ground­work which would be around £600.

She has raised more than £600 on so­cial me­dia from do­na­tions from across Scot­land and has been left over­whelmed by the mes­sages of sup­port.

An­gus 3D So­lu­tions – owned by Andy and Jacque­line Simp­son – are scan­ning the orig­i­nal “True Hearted” for free to cre­ate a dig­i­tal copy, and a lim­ited edi­tion of 100 small sculp­tures and 100 pen­dants from the Brechin scan will be made in their South Esk Street premises and avail­able for sale.

Af­ter pay­ing for the bronze, any money which is left over will be given to Brechin in Bloom and the group’s com­mu­nity gar­den project.

Mr Mathieson said: “The sculp­ture will be re­made in bronze us­ing the lost wax cast­ing process.

“The process will in­volve many dif­fer­ent trades and skills which we hope will come to­gether to make a stun­ning piece of pub­lic art.”

The fin­ish­ing process in­volves sand­blast­ing, grind­ing, sand­ing, pol­ish­ing, weld­ing and pati­na­tion.

Pic­ture: Mhairi Ed­wards.

Metal-cast­ing tech­ni­cian Roddy Mathieson, Karen El­liot, sec­ond right, and artist-in-res­i­dence Ul­rika Kjeld­sen, right, with stu­dents at Dun­can of Jor­dan­stone Col­lege of Art and De­sign.

Pic­ture: Dougie Ni­col­son

Karen El­liot with the bro­ken sculp­ture.

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