A multi-coloured lighthouse is the latest art installation to brighten up the boardwalk – courtesy of a Stonehaven company.
Groundwater Lift Trucks Ltd supported Clan Cancer Support’s Light the North fundraising drive in 2021 by sponsoring one of the 50 decorated lighthouses forming a summer-time attraction across the North-east. And the company went on the make the winning bid for artist Jina Gelder’s interpretation of the somewhat unusual brief when it went up for auction that November.
Until now, the sculpture entitled the Viking Path has been on show in the firm’s reception area. But, at Ivan and Kathleen Groundwater’s request, it has become the latest eye-catching and photogenic addition to what must be one of the most famous sculpture galleries in Scotland.
In yet another of Stonehaven’s community collaborations, Jim Stephen of the Stonehaven Town Partnership was joined by a squad of helpers including members of the Men’s Shed and Groundwater staff to place the 2.5m fibreglass structure in its new home.
Mr Stephen said: ”Groundwater are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year. They have been so supportive of Stonehaven over the years, supporting the community in all our big events, so it was a pleasure to help.
”We also need to give a big thank you to Aberdeenshire Council’s Neil West and Diane Henderson for making this happen.
”Big thanks also to Grieg Walker and Donna Simpson and GPH Builders Merchants Ltd for donating the sub-base and materials. We also had the help of the team Paul Tosh Jim Craig, Scott McBain, Roy Taylor and Jim Thompson – well done lads.”
This stunning image of the lighthouse captured in the sunset is courtesy of David Francis
The lighthouse has already become a Facebook star and will continue to pose for photographs until the autumn, when it will be taken indoors to protect it from the ravages of winter.