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Ronald Rae’s Man of Sorrows granite sculpture installed

June 18, 2014

In Spring 2014 Man of Sorrows moved from The Falkirk Wheel Exhibition to Warwickshire. It is always a happy day for Ronald Rae when he moves a sculpture to its final home. He likes to be there to oversee the installation and to make sure the client is happy too. This short video shows what [...]

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Ronald Rae carves his Gorilla Family Part Three

January 30, 2014

Watch the last hammer blows of Ronald Rae’s Gorilla Family sculpture which he completed on 23rd January 2014. The sculpture took him seven months to carve. Every time he finishes a work he says this will definitely be his last granite sculpture – his mind is willing but his body says emphatically “No!” Only time [...]

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Ronald Rae’s Tyger Tyger on BBC2 Sunday 29th September

September 25, 2013

On Sunday 29th September at 8pm on BBC2 television Ronald Rae’s Tyger Tyger features in The Crane Gang a documentary about unusual lifts done by Ainscough‘s heavy cranes. This programme shows Ronald Rae’s fifteen tonne granite sculpture Tyger Tyger being uplifted from The Falkirk Wheel in Scotland, the transportation and installation at its new home [...]

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Ronald Rae carves his Gorilla Part Two

September 25, 2013

Watch the progress of Ronald Rae’s seven tonne Gorilla sculpture during the past ten weeks. The heat of the summer deterred him from working as often as he would have liked. Gradually the gorilla is emerging from the stone with the surprise of a baby gorilla too! Tweet

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Ronald Rae carving a Gorilla June 2013

June 25, 2013

See Ronald Rae begin his latest carving of a Gorilla yet another endangered species. The seven tonne granite stone came from the woods next to Dalbeattie Quarry. He reckons the stone was quarried 150 years ago and has been waiting for him all that time. The video shows his progress over the past two weeks. [...]

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Ronald Rae’s Tyger Tyger moves to Somerset

May 23, 2013

Ronald Rae’s fifteen tonne granite sculpture Tyger Tyger moved from The Falkirk Wheel to its new home in Somerset on May 15th. The site for the sculpture required 400 metres of tracking across a field to reach the site. This short video shows the expertise of many people to make this happen. Please excuse the [...]

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Ronald Rae visits Return of the Prodigal

November 18, 2012

Ronald Rae’s Return of the Prodigal sculpture was commissioned by General Accident in 1982 to interpret the company’s motto “I warn and I protect”. The composition of the father and son was inspired by Rembrandt’s painting of The Prodigal Son in The Hermitage, St.Petersburg. After 30 years of standing on the hill above Perth, Nature [...]

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Ronald Rae’s Heavy Horse and Foal at Crinan

September 4, 2012

On Thursday 23rd August 2012 Ronald Rae’s Heavy Horse and Foal moved to the Crinan Canal in Argyll where it will be on loan to Scottish Canals till Spring 2013. It is such a perfect setting for the sculpture – the Heavy Horse and Foal at Lock 14 – there to welcome all the boats [...]

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Ronald Rae visits Alan Thornhill’s Exhibition at Stroud Museum

August 22, 2012

On Wednesday 15th August 2012 Ronald Rae visited fellow sculptor Alan Thornhill’s exhibition at the Museum in the Park, Stroud, Gloucestershire. Alan is known for his portrait heads of public figures some in the National Galleries of London, Edinburgh and Glasgow, also a series of expressive bronze sculptures permanently sited beside the River Thames at [...]

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Ronald Rae talks to the Cramond Cubs

June 11, 2012

On Monday evening 4th June Ronald Rae gave a passionate talk to 36 very enthusiastic Cubs from the 82nd Craigalmond (Cramond) Scout Group. They enjoyed bonding with the Baby Elephant sculpture and climbing on to the Cramond Fish but the highlight was having a lesson on how to carve granite. I believe there are now [...]

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Ronald Rae’s St. Francis sculpture moves to Threave Garden

May 17, 2012

NTS THREAVE GARDEN welcomes ST.FRANCIS sculpture On Tuesday 15th May 2012 the National Trust for Scotland Threave Garden became host to St.Francis one of Ronald Rae’s latest granite sculptures, on loan to the NTS for the next two years. Last summer Ronald Rae opened the first Threave Sculpture Garden Exhibition. He spoke passionately about the [...]

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Ronald Rae visits his Cramond Fish

April 6, 2012

This short video celebrates the third anniversary of Ronald Rae’s Fish being sited on the beach at Cramond. Join the sculptor on a walk along the River Almond to the Cramond estuary and along the foreshore to the Fish. Tweet

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Ronald Rae opens the NTS Threave Sculpture Garden

September 4, 2011

On Saturday 27th August 2011 Ronald Rae opened the National Trust for Scotland Threave Sculpture Garden in Dumfries and Galloway. The private view was hosted by the NTS in Threave House where George Thomas the project manager for the new Threave Sculpture Garden talked enthusiastically about the benefits of the project and his future plans [...]

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Ronald Rae completes his Baby Elephant sculpture Part Four

June 25, 2011

In this final video of the creation of the Baby Elephant we share the motivation of the sculptor and the joy that the Baby Elephant brought to the families who arrived on the scene just as it was finished. To see the whole process of making this sculpture from selecting the stone in the quarry [...]

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Ronald Rae finally sits for his portrait by sculptor Jon Edgar

May 25, 2011

See below a short video of Ronald Rae’s portrait being made. It took Jon Edgar two years to persuade fellow sculptor Ronald Rae to take two days off work and to sit patiently while his head was modelled in clay. Photographer Glyn Satterley recorded the event. This is one of a series of portrait heads [...]

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Ronald Rae returns to carving granite – Part Three

March 27, 2011

In this third video the sculptor discusses his tools and technique for carving granite. Gradually the baby elephant is emerging from the stone, the trunk and ears now completed and the legs and body being formed. See also the final video Ronald Rae completes his Baby Elephant sculpture Part Four. Go to right hand margin [...]

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Ronald Rae returns to carving granite – Part Two

January 3, 2011

In this short video watch the sculptor carve the ear of his Baby Elephant during which time he had an enforced six week break because of the artic conditions in Scotland. See also Part Three and the final episode – Ronald Rae completes his Baby Elephant sculpture Part Four. Go to the right hand margin [...]

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Baby Elephant in a Snowstorm

December 23, 2010

Baby Elephant – granite sculpture in progress. Location – Cramond Kirk grounds, Edinburgh – December 2010. Due to adverse weather conditions over the past few weeks the progress of the Baby Elephant has been curbed – hence one very frustrated sculptor! However he hopes to return to work as soon as he possibly can. Tweet

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Ronald Rae returns to carving granite – Part One

October 31, 2010

This short video follows the sculptor in search of a stone in the quarry and back to Cramond Kirk his place of work. Includes unique footage of the sculptor in action carving granite. See three further episodes – Ronald Rae returns to carving granite Parts Two and Three and Ronald Rae completes his Baby Elephant [...]

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