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Christ and Lamb

Christ and Lamb

Fallen Christ – granite. Ht.5 x 8 x 7ft. 5 tonnes. Location – Isle of Iona. Photograph by David Coleman.
This little lamb does not know how significant its presence is with the head of Christ.
To see a short film about this sculpture go to Latest News on Video at the right margin of this page and click on Ronald Rae visits his Fallen Christ sculpture on Iona.

Ronald Rae with his Cramond Fish

Granite – 7x10x6ft 8.00 tonnes. Location: Cramond Waterfront, Edinburgh.

A local community fundraising campaign resulted in the purchase of the Cramond Fish in April 2009 – a heartwarming experience for the sculptor who has spent twenty years carving his sculptures in the grounds of Cramond Kirk. Three years later the Fish has become a landmark and looks as if it has been on the beach forever. It has been described as a wonderful evocation of the sea and marine life. The fish is also the earliest symbol of Christianity.
To see a short video of the setting of this work go to the right hand margin and under Latest News on Video
click on Ronald Rae visits his Cramond Fish.

Fallen Christ and Cow

Granite 5x8x7ft 7.00 tonnes. Location: Isle of Iona.

The site for the Fallen Christ sculpture on Iona is on land where sheep and cattle freely graze. This touching photo of a cow nuzzling Christ’s head was captured by David Coleman of the Iona Community. It was published on the cover of the Coracle, magazine of the Iona Community accompanied by this poem by Ruth Burgess.

If I listen
I can hear
what you are thinking
share what you are feeling
let your pain touch me
be amazed by your love…

Even in stone
you speak
you breathe

To see a short video about this sculpture go to Latest News on the right hand column of this page and click on Ronald Rae visits his Fallen Christ sculpture on Iona.

Arriving in St Andrew Square

Granite 8x17x6ft 20.00 tonnes. For sale. Location: St Andrew Square, Edinburgh.

Scroll down for short video of the move.

On Sunday 25th April 2010 the Lion of Scotland sculpture left Holyrood Park after four years and made the mile long journey to its new city centre venue at St Andrew Square Garden where it will be exhibited for the next two years.

Despite the pouring rain a crowd cheered as the sculpture was lifted by a huge crane over the canopy of the trees into the Garden. It was not long till the sun came out and the public flocked to engage with it. Already the Lion seems to be at home!

The sculptor wishes to thank Essential Edinburgh for hosting this exhibition, also First State Investments and private sponsors who have helped to finance the move, including support from Harvey Nichols and the City of Edinburgh Council SFC Neighbourhood Roads Team and an excellent job done by Ainscough Cranehire Ltd.

Lion Being Washed

Granite 8x17x6ft 20.00 tons. Location: Now in St Andrew Square Garden.

The controversial 20 tonne Lion of Scotland granite sculpture that has been a landmark in Holyrood Park for the past four years moved on Sunday 25th April to St Andrew Square Garden in the city centre. In response to thousands of Lion supporters, Ronald Rae is delighted to tell them that the sculpture is staying in Edinburgh in the public arena only one mile from Holyrood! The Lion will be on exhibition in the Square initially for one year.

The above photo shows the Lion during its last few days at Holyrood Park being power-washed, courtesy of the City of Edinburgh Council SFC, to be in pristine condition for its new venue at St Andrew Square.

Cramond Fish in Storm

Granite 7x10x6ft 8.00 tons. Location: Cramond Waterfront

This spectacular photo of the Cramond Fish facing the elements of a Spring high tide and gale force winds was taken by John Dods of The Cramond Association.

It is now three years since the Cramond Fish was installed on the beach. It has turned out to be a most exciting location for the sculpture due to the ever changing light and the varying tide levels as evident from this recent photo compared to the sunny day when it was inaugurated.

To see a short video about this sculpture on the day it was inaugurated go to Links on the right hand column of this page and click on The Cramond Association.

Lion of Scotland with Ronald Rae and Pauline

Granite: 8x17x7ft. 20.00 tonnes. For Sale. Location: St Andrew Square Garden, Edinburgh.

The Lion was carved from a twenty tonne boulder of pink Corrennie granite from Aberdeenshire. It took a over a year to complete using hand tools only. At present the sculpture is on loan to Essential Edinburgh and on exhibition in St Andrew Square Gardens in Edinburgh City Centre. If you would like to purchase this unique sculpture please contact pauline@ronaldrae.co.uk

The Lion is the traditional symbol both of power and of Scottish identity. The sculpture was first sited in Holyrood Park between the Royal Palace of Holyrood House and the Scottish Parliament, and beneath that other lion couchant, Arthur’s Seat. It moved to St Andrew Square in 2010.

The Lion has been voted the best-loved sculpture in Edinburgh. One rarely passes it without seeing the public engage with it – either taking photos or climbing on it as children do. There is no doubt it is greatly loved. In 2008 a formal petition was drawn up by the Scottish Blue Badge Guides to keep the Lion at Holyrood, plus thousands of signatures from local people and visitors to the city who wanted the Lion to stay there, which resulted in a further two years stay for the sculpture on loan to the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body. However the contract ended in April 2010 and could not be extended.

Ronald Rae thanks all those who have supported the Lion of Scotland sculpture. He has been overwhelmed by the number of letters and emails he has received over the past five years.