Pupils take part in sculpting project

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Pupils at a Kemnay school have been unleashing their creative skills, thanks to North-east property company, Huntly-based Deveron Homes has commissioned renowned visual artist Mary Bourne to sculpt a piece of public art for the development at Cairn View, Kemnay, with the help of local schoolchildren.

During a recent visit to Alehousewells School, Mary spent time with P5 pupils explaining the work of a sculptor and explored ideas for the art feature.

The children enjoyed a riverside walk to help select a range of indigenous trees for the project and sketched breeds of native fish which will form part of the finished work.

With previous clients ranging from Dundee City Council to the city of Nanao in Japan, Moray-based Mary Bourne has extensive experience in creating art for the public to enjoy, with natural stone her favoured medium.

Mary’s work can be seen at Denman Park, Westhill and the Scottish Poetry Library in Edinburgh.

On the visit to Alehousewells School, Mary commented: “It’s always a pleasure to work with local people on a new artwork. Of course the children know this place very well – they have been my guides this morning – but art allows you to look at your own place with fresh eyes - and, I hope, value it all the more.”

Deveron Homes’ sales director Lynne Holburn added: “We are delighted that the youngsters at Alehousewells School are involved in the Cairn View art project. We are eager to see how the design develops and look forward to working with Mary and the school as the months progress.”