Glenmorangie unveil 20-tonne ‘Pictish’ sculpture

The sculpture is titled 'Reveal'. Picture: Ian Rutherford

The sculpture is titled 'Reveal'. Picture: Ian Rutherford

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VISITORS to Glenmorangie’s bottling plant in Livingston are to be met with a 20-tonne sculpture after the company commissioned one of the country’s top stone sculptors to create a reminder of the company’s roots.

‘Reveal’ is a two-metre by three-metre sandstone construction, carved by Ross-shire based sculptor Barry Grove over the last two years using traditional tools.

02/12/2013, TSPL, Scotsman, Evening News, Glenmorangie Sculpture, 20-Tonne Pictish Sculpture Unveiled Outside Glenmorangies Bottling Plant, Livingston. --- Sculpture marks 18 million bottles passing through state of the art production facility since it opened in 2010. Unveiling comes as Glenmorangie celebrates record export figures in the US, selling 100,000 cases in 2013, up from 37,000 in 2009.  A 20-tonne sculpture  commissioned by The Glenmorangie Company to stand outside its bottling plant in Livingston as a permanent reminder of its Highland roots  The sculpture named "Reveal" was unveiled by West Lothian Council Provost Tom Kerr today. Ross-shire based Barry Grove, pictured here, is internationally regarded as one of the finest large stone sculptors working today  was asked by the company behind Scotlands favourite malt whisky to create a sculpture which explored the countrys Pictish heritage. Pic Ian Rutherford

02/12/2013, TSPL, Scotsman, Evening News, Glenmorangie Sculpture, 20-Tonne Pictish Sculpture Unveiled Outside Glenmorangies Bottling Plant, Livingston. --- Sculpture marks 18 million bottles passing through state of the art production facility since it opened in 2010. Unveiling comes as Glenmorangie celebrates record export figures in the US, selling 100,000 cases in 2013, up from 37,000 in 2009. A 20-tonne sculpture  commissioned by The Glenmorangie Company to stand outside its bottling plant in Livingston as a permanent reminder of its Highland roots  The sculpture named "Reveal" was unveiled by West Lothian Council Provost Tom Kerr today. Ross-shire based Barry Grove, pictured here, is internationally regarded as one of the finest large stone sculptors working today  was asked by the company behind Scotlands favourite malt whisky to create a sculpture which explored the countrys Pictish heritage. Pic Ian Rutherford

Grove said: “I am passionate about creating pieces of public art that will last for generations. The sheer size and scale of this project has presented a real challenge but I wanted to stay true to the spirit of the enterprise by using traditional stonemason’s tools.”

Glenmorangie’s Operations Director Peter Nelson said: “We are very proud to have a major public artwork by a leading artist sited outside our modern production facility. Carved out of 300 million-year-old sandstone from around Glenmorangie’s Tain distillery it celebrates Scotland’s Pictish heritage and is a link to our roots in Ross-shire.”

The sculpture was officially unveiled by West Lothian Council Provost Tom Kerr earlier today.

Pictures: Ian Rutherford

 

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