A sculpture of a dolphin which fetched thousands of pounds for charity has mysteriously appeared in the village of Invercairn.
The artwork was one of a series of dolphin sculptures to be placed in Aberdeen last year as part of the Wild Dolphin campaign and was then sold at a fund-raising auction in September.
The dolphin, named Hope, secured £8,500 for the Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital (RACH), with all of the dolphins raising a combined total of £531,000.
However, the appearance of the dolphin in Invercairn has bemused residents of the North-east village, who are unclear as to why the sculpture has appeared or who it now belongs to.
Commenting on the surprise arrival, David Gammack of Invercairn Community Council said: “Anything that brings people to the community is welcomed.
“It is certainly a local tourist attraction and local children have been to see it. It’s become a talking point in the village.”
In total, 50 dolphin sculptures were designed and created by various local artists as part of the campaign.
The sculptures were then placed around Aberdeen for ten weeks until the end of August last year. Following the public display, the sculptures were auctioned to raise money for RACH and to protect local dolphins.
The project was led by Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) and the ARCHIE Foundation, working in partnership with Wild in Art, a leading producer of public art events.
The dolphin sculptures were inspired by the bottlenose dolphin which lives in the wild on the doorstep of Aberdeen, which is believed to be one of the best places to go dolphin-watching in the UK.
For further information about the Wild Dolphins campaign, visit www.wilddolphins.org.uk