Ronald Rae at his Falkirk Wheel Exhibition Part One

Ronald Rae has eight sculptures on exhibition at The Falkirk Wheel in Central Scotland where the Forth, Clyde and Union Canals meet. The exhibition is free.The Falkirk Wheel is the world’s first and only rotating boat lift, a masterpiece in engineering. In this video Ronald Rae talks about his most poignant works in the exhibition. Two of these sculptures are no longer at the Wheel. St.Francis has moved to Threave Gardens near Dalbeattie where it is on temporary loan to the National Trust for Scotland. And Man of Sorrows has been bought by a private collector down south.

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Carolyn Horn August 11, 2010 at 6:33 am

This is wonderful, wonderful. Visitors to the Wheel are very lucky — but so are we, in being able to hear what the sculptor himself has to say and see him touch the stones with such love. All of the pieces are amazing and can be gazed at for so long whilst bringing fresh thoughts to mind; I have to say that amongst a stunning line-up of sculptures, St. Francis holds his own… What an amazing vision, as I look at those two rocks welded together by Nature and see their story teased out of them by the sculptor’s chisel… uplifting and a true marvel. Thank you.

Shawn Williamson FRSA August 11, 2010 at 3:53 pm

I take my hat off to the Lord of the countryside, fantastic art in the hardest of materials granite
“yet it softens the soul” Sw

Pauline August 11, 2010 at 4:02 pm

Thank you Carolyn and so glad you are enjoying this insight to the sculptures and the reason for their making. And no one can explain it better than the artist himself.

Pauline August 11, 2010 at 4:04 pm

Thank you Shawn. Yes, it is amazing how a stone as hard as granite can soften the heart.

Laura Daruwala August 12, 2010 at 4:35 am

A wonderful film of Ronnie and his sculptures .
As always, so moving and we are so pleased and honoured to know you both Pauline .
With love ,
Laura and Pallon .

Pauline August 12, 2010 at 5:43 am

Glad you liked the film – I couldn’t go wrong with such powerful material – Ronald Rae and his emotive granite sculptures. And we are so pleased and honoured to know you too, dear Laura and Pallon.

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