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Public Statues and Sculpture Association

Black Isle Bronze (est. 1994)

Foundry based in Nairn, near Inverness in north-east Scotland, purpose-built for producing large-scale casting work using both the lost-wax and sand processes. Under the direction of Farquhar Ogilvie-Laing, the company has provided decorative schemes for a number of major architectural projects, such as the eight-storey retail and office building by Robert Adam Architects at 198–202 Piccadilly, London, which included bronze capitals, bases, urns and herms modelled by Alexander Stoddart. Stoddart also used Black Isle Bronze for his statues of James Clerk Maxwell, George Street, 2006–08, and William Henry Playfair, Chambers Street, 2016, and also for Clio, Muse of History, 2011–13, Scottish National Portrait Gallery building, all Edinburgh. Other sculptors using the foundry include Lucy Poett, for her statue of Sandy Irvine Robertson, 1993, The Shore, Leith, Edinburgh; Tom Maley, for statues of George Hardwick, 2000, and Wilf Mannion, 2001, Riverside Stadium, Middlesborough, N. Yorks; and Gerald Laing (the Director’s father), for Fountain of Sabrina, 1980–81, Bristol, New Mercat Cross, 2003, Falcon Square, Inverness, and four statues and one group representing The Spirit of Rugby, 1995 and 2010, outside Twickenham Rugby Stadium, London.

Bibliography: Black Isle Bronze Ltd website; R. McKenzie, Public Sculpture of Edinburgh (2 vols), Liverpool, 2018, vol. 1, pp. 76, 81, 397, vol. 2, pp. xxn32, 173, 483, 510.

Ray McKenzie 2018