Broch artist selected for gallery artwork

Artist Gordon Burnett and a model of his artwork which will be on display in the Remembrance Hall.
Artist Gordon Burnett and a model of his artwork which will be on display in the Remembrance Hall.

A Fraserburgh artist has been selected to create the centrepiece of the Remembrance Hall in Aberdeen Art Gallery when it re-opens next year.

Gordon Burnett’s piece ‘Forget Them Not’ has been specially commissioned for Aberdeen’s Remembrance Hall as part of the £30million transformation of Aberdeen Art Gallery.
Following submissions from artists across the globe, a panel of judges selected Gordon’s work for the hall.
Gordon’s proposal was chosen for its evocative message of remembrance but also of hope.
Aberdeen City Council leader Councillor Jenny Laing said: “This design is a fitting contribution to what is one of the city’s most important buildings.
“It offers powerful symbolism which will allow members of the public to reflect and think about the wide reaching impact of conflict.
“I’m also very proud that Mr Burnett, through the use of granite, has represented Aberdeen’s heritage and history which will speak volumes to the public.”
The artwork will be 3.5m high by 1.1m wide and made from stainless steel, sitting on a dark granite base.
It will be clad with light and dark grey granite and marble pieces and shaped to resemble a Spitfire wing to symbolise conflict in the air.
More than 1,100 jewel-like, blue enamelled Forget-me-not flowers will adorn the sculpture to symbolise memory and remembrance.
Gordon began his career working with granite and has cut many inscriptions on War memorials.
He says he has been able to drawn on those experiences and appreciate the importance of remembrance.
He said: “For me, remembrance is a response to loss with an intention not to forget, stirring feelings of hope for a better future.
“I think the Forget-me-not flowers encompasses those emotions,” he added.