Mil­lie makes a splash with dol­phin work


The Press and Journal (North-East) - - News - BY NICK HUMPHREYS

A tal­ented teenage artist is on the crest of wave af­ter cre­at­ing a sen­sa­tional sculp­ture to raise funds for a £10mil­lion dol­phin cen­tre in Aberdeen.

Lathal­lan School pupil Mil­lie Wark, 15, built the in­cred­i­ble work of art us­ing noth­ing but drift­wood and a glue gun.

The piece will now be auc­tioned off at Fri­day’s Grey­hope Bay Gala Din­ner, with money raised go­ing to­wards the planned vis­i­tor and marine ed­u­ca­tion cen­tre, which will also in­clude a 3D vir­tual re­al­ity tour.

Mil­lie was hand-picked to cre­ate the work af­ter win­ning the My Fu­ture Vi­sions com­pe­ti­tion in 2015. She pro­duced a sculp­ture of a horse’s head to rep­re­sent

“I wanted to make it look as nat­u­ral as pos­si­ble”

her de­sire to work as an equine vet when she’s older.

The S3 pupil from St Cyrus said: “I made it us­ing drift­wood from my beach. I think it’s quite sym­bolic.

“It took quite a while to make. There were lots of trips to the beach. I started off with the big­ger pieces and then filled it in. I used a glue gun to keep it all to­gether.

“I wanted to make it look as nat­u­ral as pos­si­ble. I had to get my fam­ily to help col­lect the wood. It prob­a­bly took about two weeks in to­tal.

“I like go­ing to watch the dol­phins at my beach, but you can see them bet­ter here, so it will be great when the cen­tre opens.”

Jude Thorpe, a board mem­ber of the De­vel­op­ing the Young Work­force for north east Scot­land, and co-owner and di­rec­tor of Thorpe Mol­loy re­cruit­ing firm, rec­om­mended Mil­lie to make the sculp­ture.

She said: “As soon as we asked her, she just said yes and was so pos­i­tive and ex­cited. It looks fan­tas­tic.”

Fiona McIn­tyre, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor for Grey­hope Bay, added: “For a 15-yearold, it’s a highly ac­com­plished piece of art and some­thing quite unique. It could be put in an art gallery. We ex­pect it will gen­er­ate a lot of in­ter­est.”

Mil­lie and her fam­ily will be at the din­ner on Fri­day night, where the sculp­ture will be won by the high­est bid­der. Pop stars from the 1980s Hue and Cry will pro­vide en­ter­tain­ment and it will be hosted by Dougie Vipond at the cliff-top set­ting at the bay.

Ad­vance bids for the sculp­ture can be made to fiona.mcin­[email protected]­hope be­fore May 12.

ARTIST: Mil­lie Wark with her dol­phin made from drift wood at Grey­hope Bay Beach, Aberdeen. Pho­to­graph: Jim Irvine

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