Oor Wullie showcases Dundee’s history

The Oor Wullie Bucket Trail is a major public art festival that will see the streets of Dundee come to life with 50 unique and colourful Oor Wullie sculptures. Launching on 27 June the Archie Foundation will provide a map to discover the sculptures and encourage visitors to try some fantastic Dundee attractions. The project is a collaboration with The Archie foundation, DC Thompson and Wild in Art and aims to capture the minds of the public along with raising money to create a twin theatre suite for the children’s hospital. Apex Hotels are sponsoring a sculpture called Jam, Jute and Journalism, designed by Alice Newman.

Illustrator Profile: Alice Newman

Alice Newman is an illustrator and printmaker based in Edinburgh. Alice has been drawing ever since she was little, and is very happy to now be working as an illustrator and printmaker from her home studio in Edinburgh.

Alice studied at Duncan of Jordanstone, and has always loved Dundee’s character. Living in an old mill building whilst studying is what initially sparked an interest in Dundee’s history. She has often taken inspiration from the people, the history and the architecture of the city for her illustration work. It seemed natural therefore for Alice to delve into Dundee’s past as the basis for her Oor Wullie sculpture.

Jam, Jute and Journalism – Our Design

The design explores the three J’s – Jute, Jam and Journalism, which Dundee was once world renowned for, and is also a tribute to the skilled craftsmen who made up 9 trades of Dundee.

The design started life in Alice’s sketchbooks, which are filled with research drawings and facts she aimed to include. These were then gathered together, arranged into order, and layered with colour in order to create the bustling design. Alice painted her sculpture by first dividing up the design and blocking in areas of colour using acrylic paints. She then worked in layers adding details and textures with very fine brushes, aiming to retain the richness of her original sketchbook drawings.  The work took around 55 hours to complete.

The trail, map available online here, will run for 10 weeks in and around Dundee, it’s a great attraction for all those visiting the area this summer. Don’t forget to send us your selfies with our sculpture for a chance to win a meal for two in our Metro Restaurant. Tag us @apexhotels and use #apexoorwullie.

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