Big reveal: New Deer School unveil sculpture

P2-7 Pupils at New Deer School who were involved in making the Face to Face sculpture
P2-7 Pupils at New Deer School who were involved in making the Face to Face sculpture

A sculpture created by a North-east primary school was unveiled last week.

All 96 of the pupils at New Deer school played a part in making the ‘Face to Face’ sculpture which was inspired by their head teacher Wilma Mutch.

Mrs Mutch visited Kelvin Grove Gallery where she saw the ‘Floating Heads’ exhibit. She took her inspiration back to art specialist Dave Harris and asked him if he could create something similar with the pupils at the school.

Dave said: “I thought rather than do elevated heads like in the exhibition we could do glued heads on plinth.

“We started on them last year. We began doing the faces in normal paper mache but that didn’t work because it was too flat so we used paper much pulp instead.

“The kids made the faces in a number of morning sessions - it was putting them all on the boxes that took the time.”

Local businessman Stephen Burnett donated the stands for the sculptures while The Wallace Gallery in Fraserburgh gave and cut the 144 plinth which made the cubes on to which the faces are displayed.

Head teacher Mrs Mutch added: “It is so different to what we would normally do and great to have all the kids involved in something together,”

The Primary 5s, 6s and 7s took on the metallic painting and offered help to the younger pupils.

It is hoped that the sculpture will go into Woodhill House and eventually arrive back into the school.

Some pupils said: “we had a great time making them, we are really proud of them!”