Views sought on Broch sculpture colour change

Fraserburgh town centre
Fraserburgh town centre

A Fraserburgh councillor is seeking constituents’ views on a possible change of colour for the town’s iconic fish sculpture.

The sculpture, which sits in the Broadgate, was created by well-known artist David Annand and on its arrival in the Broch became quite a talking point.

Some people have never taken to the sculpture, while some thought its black hue represented the ‘black’ illegal fishing trade.

Now, Fraserburgh councillor Ian Tait has been approached by a couple of his consitutents who are requesting a change of colour for the bronze artwork.

Cllr Tait told the Herald: “The fish sculpture in the Broadgate was executed by the well-known artist David Annand.

“It was expensive to make since there is not another in existence – it is unique,” he said.

“He wanted it left so that the metal could acquire its natural patina over the years.

“The statue is meant to represent different types of fish swirling in a cod-end and if you look closely, you can see the different species in the swirl.

“Recently, a pair of constituents asked me if the sculpture could be painted silver and the other colours of fish.

“They said this would be more realistic and would also brighten the statue and the Broadgate up.

“I was delighted when these ladies asked me about it and I would like to know what my other constituents think about this,” he said.

Anyone who has an opinion on this should write to Cllr Tait or email him telling him what they would like to see.

“Once I have their views, I will keep everyone informed,” he added.

‘Nae Day Sae Dark’, located in Perth’s High Street is one of Annand’s best known pieces. This powerful testimony to the work of the poet William Soutar shows the potential of his technical and aesthetic experience.

Nearly all Mr Annand’s time is taken up in public and private commissions all over the country.

Commenting on his work, Mr Annand says on his website: “It is very important that my work should remain accessible to everyone i.e. realistic human or animal subjects, observed and modelled with discipline, set in a slightly incongruous composition, using the site as a plinth and often involving an abstract element in the composition.”