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Andy Scott: Top seven creations of Scottish sculptor

Scottish sculptor Andy Scott unveiled his latest creation in Aberdeen on Thursday.

Andy Scott at Kelpies
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Scottish sculptor Andy Scott has revealed his latest creation in Aberdeen – a two ton steel leopard.

It was unveiled on Thursday as the 54-year-old's first major artwork in the north east of Scotland.

The ten-metre tall sculpture sits within Marischal Square, a new office development in Aberdeen.

His works can be seen all over the world from London to Sydney, as well as in his home city of Glasgow.

We take a look at some of his most notable creations.

1. The Kelpies: Falkirk

The Kelpies: SNP MPs standing in front of sculpture in 2016.
The Kelpies: SNP MPs standing in front of sculpture in 2016. PA

Completed in October 2013, the Kelpies are a monument to horse-powered heritage across Scotland.

The 100ft sculptures stand next to a new extension to the Forth and Clyde Canal, near River Carron in Falkirk.

They form a gateway at the eastern entrance to the Forth and Clyde canal and a new canal extension.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon posed in front of the sculpture with a new influx of SNP MPs voted into parliament in 2016.

2. Arria: Cumbernauld 

Arria: The Angel of the Nauld.
Arria: The Angel of the Nauld. Creative Commons

Officially named Arria, the 33ft steel sculpture in Cumbernauld is also known by its unofficial nickname Angel of the Nauld as a tongue-in-cheek reference to the Angel of the North in Gateshead.

Created by Scott in his Maryhill studio in Glasgow, it was galvanised by Cumbernauld company Highland Colour Coaters to protect it against the elements.

Arria overlooks the northbound carriageway of the M80 near Auchenkilns and takes the form of a female figure, with two large swooping arcs from the upraised palms of her hands to the hem of her dress.

The idea of the arcs came from the Gaelic name for Cumbernauld, "comar nan allt", which translates as "the meeting of the waters".

3. COB: London

The Cob: Artwork has transformed roundabout in London.
The Cob: Artwork has transformed roundabout in London. Creative Commons

Taking nearly a year to create, the Cob has transformed a run-of-the-mill roundabout in the middle of an industrial area.

Scott brought his specially commissioned galvanised steel statue of a gipsy cob horse to Belvedere in 2011.

It was installed on the roundabout, which links Bronze Age Way and Picardy Manorway in London.

The 20ft statue is illuminated at night and towers over its surroundings.

4. Nike and Hephaestus: Doncaster

Nike and Hephaestus: Outside Keepmoat Stadium in Doncaster.
Nike and Hephaestus: Outside Keepmoat Stadium in Doncaster. Creative Commons

Nike and Hephaestus is a 16ft sculpture in Doncaster intended to evoke the town's rebirth from its industrial past.

Installed just outside Doncaster Rovers' Keepmoat Stadium, Scott was commissioned to craft it by Doncaster Council.

The artist described it as "featuring a male and female figure in a pose referring to the sporting and athletic purpose of the stadium".

5. The Heavy Horse: Glasgow

The Heavy Horse: Illuminated red to mark Scottish Poppy Appeal.
The Heavy Horse: Illuminated red to mark Scottish Poppy Appeal. PA

The Heavy Horse is a 15ft wirework structure of a Clydesdale Horse situated in a business park on the M8.

Scott designed and crafted the horse from galvanised steel in 1997.

In the 20 years since it was unveiled it has become the symbol of Glasgow Business Park in Baillieston and inspired the name for the nearby Clydesdale House office building.

In 2015, it was illuminated with red light to mark the Scottish Poppy Appeal.

6. The Steelman: Motherwell

The Steelman: Structure stands on the former Ravenscraig site.
The Steelman: Structure stands on the former Ravenscraig site. PA

The Steelman was unveiled on the former Ravenscraig site in Motherwell two years ago.

It was built in memory of the thousands of people who lost their lives in the Scottish iron and steel-making industry.

Launched in 2015, the sculpture knits the past with the future by drawing on rich local knowledge about the plant, which once employed 15,000 workers and occupied twice the land area of Monaco.

The Steelman, which stands at 16ft 5in and weighs just under two tonnes, depicts a steel worker with a waterfall of molten steel pouring from his hands and sparking off the ground.

The closure of the Ravenscraig steelworks site in 1992 brought an end to 120 years of bulk steel-making in Scotland, leaving hundreds unemployed and the town suffering economically.

7. Ibrox Disaster Memorial: Glasgow

The Ibrox Disaster claimed 66 lives in 1971.
The Ibrox Disaster claimed 66 lives in 1971. Creative Commons

The Ibrox Disaster Memorial statue stands outside the home of Rangers in Glasgow.

It was created to commemorate the deaths of 66 people at an Old Firm derby in January 1971.

The statue features former Rangers captain John Greig posed in a moment of reflection.

It was unveiled by then club chairman David Murray in 2001 to mark the 30th anniversary of the disaster.

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