Special ‘Crowdfunding’ Appeal
Dudley the Cat
Burgh Beautiful Linlithgow is promoting the creation of a new sculptural feature at the Canal Basin in Linlithgow. The proposal is for a bronze sculpture of a cat, mounted on a granite pedestal, broadly similar in nature to Greyfriars Bobby in Edinburgh, accompanied by improvements to its setting. The aims of the project include:
- enhancing the environment of the Canal Basin, a project started by the Linlithgow Union Canal Society over forty years ago;
- furthering Burgh Beautiful’s interest in adorning the town with public art;
- reflecting the artistic, cultural and personal interests and associations of Liz Burrows (a founding Burgh Beautiful member who sadly died a number of years ago and left money in her will for this sort of project - Liz lived by the Union Canal, was an active member of the Linlithgow Union Canal Society and had a much-loved cat called Dudley);
- encouraging tourism by providing a sculptural feature which will hopefully become one of the ‘sights of Linlithgow’ to visit and be photographed beside.
This is the first time that Burgh Beautiful has attempted ‘Crowdfunding’ and we invite donations towards the cost of the project on-line at the following link: http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/canalside-cat-sculpture-and-flowerbed
Any donations received up to £2,000 will be used to complete the financial package required to deliver the art and environmental improvement project; money above that will be devoted to the adjacent floral display over the next three summers.
David Annand has now completed the clay version of the new cat sculpture which Burgh Beautiful hopes to have unveiled at the Union Canal Basin this summer and it has been sent to the foundry for casting. The photograph shows the artist with ‘Dudley’ at his North Fife studio. The timing of the unveiling very much depends on when the granite for the sculpture’s plinth will be arriving at the workshop of the stonemason, W L Watson near St Andrews. And of course, the time needed to carve the inscription. Meanwhile, we expect Ecoss Landscaping to undertake the necessary paving and other works, to form a decent setting for the sculpture and plinth, later this month. So watch this space!