GALASHIELS-born sculptor Angela Hunter is continuing to make her impressive mark on Scotland’s civic landscape.
On Saturday, the 66-year-old was guest of honour at the official unveiling of her latest commission – a life-sized bronze statue of a happy schoolboy, clutching a toy boat and fishing line, and heading for a holiday “doon the watter”.
The work, crafted at her studio in Innerleithen, has pride of place in the newly revamped train station in the Firth of Clyde resort of Wemyss Bay.
It was commissioned by the Friends of Wemyss Bay Station, the local group which has spearheaded the £4m upgrade.
These volunteers had been inspired to enlist Angela’s services by another of her creations – a statue of a little girl sitting on a suitcase in the neighbouring ferry port of Gourock – which was unveiled last year.
Angela’s other notable civic art works include bronze penguins in Dundee city centre (2005) and large Turning the Bull bronze which graces the Heart of Hawick (2009).
She has also been lauded for the bust of legendary rugby commentator Bill McLaren at Murrayfield, unveiled in 2015.
Angela was accompanied by husband and fellow sculptor Brunton at Saturday’s ceremony which was performed by John Yellowlees, community rail project coordinator with Scotrail prior to his recent retirement.
“I have tried to evoke the excitement of those halcyon days when thousands of people made their way to the Clyde coast for their summer holidays,” said Angela who later addressed the Friends at their annual general meeting.
“The wee boy is striding out of the station towards the pier, full of anticipation.”
The Friends are now inviting suggestions from users if the station and pier for a name for the new statue. These will be shortlisted at the end of next month before a public vote is held.