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Robert the Bruce statue wins Aberdeen Civic Society Award

26/10/11

A striking statue of one of Scotland's favourite heroes has won an award from Aberdeen Civic Society.

Robert The Bruce Statue. Depute Provost Bill Cormie will accept the award, on behalf of Aberdeen City Council, for the Robert the Bruce statue, which stands proudly outside Marischal College on Broad Street.

The statue created by sculptor Alan Beattie Herriot was commissioned following a motion by Councillor Kevin Stewart, MSP. It was unveiled in May Lord Bruce and Master Benedict Bruce – direct descendants of King Robert amid great acclaim in the city.

Councillor Stewart said: "I am absolutely delighted that this iconic statue has won this award. It is a fitting tribute to the hard work and talent of Alan Beattie Herriot and all those involved in the project to create this magnificent artwork which will be a lasting legacy for the people of Aberdeen."

The total height of the statue including the plinth is 5.6metres [18ft 4 inches]. The Kemnay Granite plinth is two metres high and the bronze statue is 3.6 metres high. This equates to 18 feet 4 inches.

The 120,000 statue was funded by the Common Good Fund which was originally set up by King Robert.

Aberdeen Civic Society's aims include: stimulating public interest in and care for the beauty, history and character of the city of Aberdeen and its surroundings; encouraging the preservation, development and improvement of features of general amenity and historic interest; and encouraging and recognising those who have contributed to the amenity of the city by means of new buildings or the restoration and preservation of old buildings.