I thought it might be nice to share something I found delightful.
Near to my home in Scotland, a mystery sculptor has been at work. The sculptor’s work includes a seal, a Viking boat, fishing boats and a lighthouse.
The pieces around Stonehaven bay, in the north east of Scotland, are wonderful. But what makes them even more special is the identity of the artist is a mystery!
Local residents have no idea who the sculptor is, or why these pieces have appeared in the area. He, or perhaps a ‘she’, has been nicknamed the ‘Stonehaven Banksy’.
The sculptures have appeared in the bay over the last few years, delighting locals and visitors to the area. The skillful welding and the creativity could be the work of a well-trained metal-worker. Or, could it?
The BBC has finally been able to track down the mystery artist. Jim Malcolm worked much of his adult life at sea, on fishing boat, before retiring three years ago to become a welder. He has been honing his skills since then.
Jim told the BBC that his work just “evolves”. He said: “I never know what I’m doing until I’m finished. I am not an artist, just a guy who sticks metal together.
“I make sculptures for the simple fact that I enjoy doing it. I never draw the piece, I just make it up as I go along.
“People have been trying to find out who I am for a while now.”
Jim made headline news when his identity was finally discovered.
I think his pieces are wonderful. You can really see his life-long affinity with the sea coming through in his artistic work.
Well done Jim. He is an inspiration to all who want to take up art and sculpting. Hopefully he will have many more years as an artist, albeit one that we now know and recognise.