Last week (7 April) we revealed the talented artist of our Oor Wullie – Douglas Roulston and on Sunday (12 April) we revealed the stunning design itself!
Oor biggest or should we say oor highest(!) reveal to date - Oor Nevis was unwrapped with a crowd of onlookers at the summit of Scotland’s highest munro - Ben Nevis.
In 2017, we sponsored a penguin as part of the 2018 Maggie’s Penguin Parade, and in 2016 sponsored the first ever Oor Wullie Bucket Trail in Dundee. We know how much fun being part of this project is and so far, this year it didn’t disappoint.
Chris Taylor the Regional Leadership Director covering the Highlands and Laura Brown our Industry Communications Executive covering the east joined the team of 12 responsible for lifting Oor Nevis safely to the top of the mountain.
We are thrilled to work with Douglas Roulston to create an ‘Oor Nevis’ Wullie. Capturing the rugged beauty of Ben Nevis, this wonderfully painted sculpture celebrates Scotland’s stunning scenery and landscapes, which we know to be a major draw for visitors.
Tourism is more than a holiday experience, it is the heartbeat of the Scottish economy and touches every community, generating income, jobs and social change. We want to champion collaboration and spearhead innovation, and this nationwide trail is an excellent new way to get visitors travelling across Scotland.
Departing from the car park at the foot of the mountain at 9.30am the group which included our Oor Wullie artist – Douglas Roulston, Head of Art for the Big Bucket Trail - Suzanne Scott, Douglas’ friends and colleagues from Forfar Academy. With blue skies ahead, the group set off to conquer the mighty Ben Nevis with Oor Wullie in tow, an epic journey with memories that will last a lifetime.
The hopeful group were exposed to some of Scotland’s most stunning views – with each turn in the mountain providing yet another spectacular sight. Parts of the climb were harder than others with the 6ft sculpture but each one spectacular.
Passing many walkers throughout the day – the group of 12 gladly shared the details of the sculpture that was tightly wrapped up for the ascent. With well wishes of good luck and well done from lots of passers by the group finally topped out – alongside photographer Andrew Crawley from the Sunday Post ready for the big reveal.
An emotional unveiling, Oor Nevis was awarded with a round of applause from many who assembled to get a first glimpse and in some cases a selfie of this precious and stunning piece of art.
After the crowds started to descend, there was only one thing left to do. It was time to wrap Oor Nevis up and begin a safe journey back down the mountain, returning him to Douglas’ workshop for his final touches.
The trip down was much the same as the trip up, magnificent in a different day light, still challenging at times, but the end was rewarding! ‘We made it, we did It, I can’t believe we did it’ echoed on the mini bus on the way home… well before everyone feel asleep.
Oor Nevis will be part of the Oor Wullie Big Bucket trail this year which is even bigger and better than before, with 200 life-sized Oor Wullie sculptures located across Scotland. The trail runs for 11 weeks from June – September with Oor Wullie visitors encouraged to explore the country using the free maps and a downloadable app.
All funds raised as part of this incredibly fun public art trail will go towards Scotland’s three children’s hospital charities (Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity, the ARCHIE Foundation and Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity).
For more about Wullies BIG bucket trail go to www.oorwullie.com/ and follow online using #oorwullie