Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail brought to life the streets of Dundee (and beyond) with 70 giant Oor Wullie sculptures to celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the famous cartoon character – known as Scotland’s favourite son – as part of the Year of Innovation, Architecture & Design.
Auction raises a bucketload!
The Oor Wullie Bucket Trail auction raised a staggering £883,000 for The ARCHIE Foundation.
It was a braw night at Dundee Rep as community groups, businesses, organisations and individuals came together to bid for the much-loved statues to support a great cause – raising cash for a twin operating suite at Tayside Children’s Hospital.
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Along with the main trail, the display included over 25 smaller Oor Wullie sculptures, decorated by local schools, nurseries and clubs as part of the Education Programme, which has encouraged children to learn different Scots words and phrases, whilst giving them an opportunity to create art.
While most of the sculptures can be seen in Dundee, 13 Oor Wullies set off on an eight week adventure around Scotland, travelling to Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling, Perth and Inverness, before the busy boys brought their buckets back to Dundee for the auction.
Many of the sculptures celebrate the Scottish language and the words and dialects that give the country a unique identity. Susan McGill’s Oor Rabbie’ The Bard and The Bucket brings together two Scottish icons, Oor Wullie and Robert Burns – both inspirational in their use of the Scots language.
Anna Whitelaw won the Evening Telegraph Competition with her concept for Oor Bonnie Land. Artist, Fiona Chance has brought Anna’s ideas to life, using a variety of techniques to depict iconic aspects of Dundee, not least its majestic River Tay. Used copies of the local Telegraph newspaper were scrunched to make Wullie’s collage boots!
One of Oor Wullies is actually Wullamyn, a gorgeous, Marilyn Monroe-inspired glam-girl, sponsored by Wild in Art.
Spotlight on the Artists
Alice Newman’s design, Jute, Jam & Journalism, illustrates Dundee’s colourful history. The front celebrates the three industries which made it famous, ‘jute, jam and journalism’, and the reverse tells the story of Dundee’s shipbuilding industry, and the proud workers of Dundee.
Many people have grown up with Oor Wullie in The Sunday Post and Christmas Annuals, including artist, Alison Robertson. Her Oor Wullie Noo explores the fact that his fans have aged over the years and she imagines what Wullie himself would look like as an 80 year old man in 2016. Not surprisingly, he still has his trademark, wide grin!
Paul Walker’s Discovery Bridge celebrates the two iconic bridges that span the gap between Dundee and Fife. The Tay Road Bridge celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year and the Rail Bridge was once described by a US President as a big bridge for a small city.
Football fans shouldn’t miss Nina Garty’s Oor Bobby, modelled on Dundee Football Club’s star player this year, Bobby Cox. A local boy, he grew up to lead his beloved Dundee FC to the club’s greatest glory. The stuff of legends!
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