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Article published 05/07/2023

Six metre tall WW1 sculpture arrives in Perth

A press release from 5 Star, award-winning visitor attraction The Black Watch Castle and Museum in Perth has announced the arrival of "The Hauntings", a six-metre tall, scrap metal sculpture of a war-weary soldier. 

It will be on display between 1 July and 12 November and is free for visitors to view. This is The Hauntings’ first and only planned visit to Scotland.

This unique sculpture was commissioned for the World War One centenary in 2014 by a couple based in Somerset, Jo Oliver and Paul Richards, to commemorate those who served in the war. The inspiration behind the sculpture was the reported sightings of a ghostly soldier seen wandering around the Somerset hills close to where Jo grew up, looking for his way home.

The Hauntings was made by metal sculpture specialists, Dorset Forge and Fabrication, a combination of the talents of blacksmith Chris Hannam and artist Martin Galbavy. It's made from over 1,000 pieces of locally sourced scrap metal including horseshoes, brake discs, and car jacks, and its intricate design allows the light to filter through his body giving a ghostly aura.

Last week (Friday 30 June) the official opening ceremony took place at Balhousie Castle with invited guests gathered to celebrate the occasion and reflect on all that "The Hauntings" represents.

statue of a solider made from scrap metal

The opening of the Hauntings exhibition at the Black Watch Castle and Museum is a fantastic addition to Perth’s strong arts and cultural offer.

Excitement for the only Scottish appearance of this remarkable art sculpture has been building in recent months and it is sure to attract visitors from across the country, providing a boost for the city’s economy and tourism businesses, showcasing Perth and Perthshire as a world-class tourism destination.

Caroline Warburton, VisitScotland Destination Development Director

Visit The Hauntings

To view the full press release and for more information about The Hauntings sculpture please visit The Black Watch Castle and Museum website.

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