Welcome everyone! Here are the current sculpture options we’re considering for the Tobermory otter project and a quick resume of our thinking.
We are now looking for matched funding to complete this particular project, so please get in touch if you are aware of anyone who may wish to help us.
First of all, let me iterate that the sculpture fund has recently topped £5000 and contrary to previous postings will remain open until further notice, not least because I had forgotten to factor in the VAT we would have to raise. All donations received are now being split 50/50, with half going into the main otter conservation fund being used to support the work of the new Mull Otter Group. Please let me know if your donation is intended to be used exclusively for the sculpture project OR the conservation fund, and I will ensure it goes exactly where you want it.
Following a visit to Skye last November to meet sculptor Laurence Broderick (www.laurencebroderick.co.uk), I’ve narrowed down our best options to the following four alternatives. I’m hoping there’s something here to please everyone. I thought it would be worthwhile to gather thoughts from all of you out there in Facebookland.
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Don’t forget, the concept is to include a receptacle for donations within the sculpture itself (ie in the base or plinth), so the sculpture will be working hard every day to raise money for otter conservation.
The photomontage shows three sculptures. Laurence is holding a diving otter, I’m admiring the sculpture we initially proposed and the third on the right is actually a fountain, 152cms tall, that’s approximately 5 feet in old money. The water would cascade from the top points of the fronds (though it also stands alone as a sculpture even without water running).
The concept is to enlarge either of the diving/swimming otters to a size that is deemed appropriate for Tobermory. This enlargement is actually an incredibly expensive process and will require further funding that I aim to obtain via the likes of matched funding from art bodies etc.
The last, fourth, option is that Laurence has offered at some point in the future to produce a bespoke original piece for Tobermory. He will let me have approximate costings for this when he is able to. If we go this route, there will be a significant delay as Laurence is very much in demand.