Highland Kouros

lochawe 2013

Its interesting to consider that the 1920's saw the emergence of the 'Scottish Rennaisance' as proclaimed by the poet Hugh McDiarmid, writer James Leslie Mitchell, and the sculptor Pittendrigh MacGillivray. Its declared aim was to re-establish the place of art at the heart of the community and to bring about a re-birth of Scottish art, drawing on our ancient cultural and historic roots while creating works which were relevant to the modern and wider world. Although not part of this movement Carrick, at Lochawe, Killin and Oban was doing exactly this, and in the case of his first war memorial at Lochawe, unveiled in 1920, he actually anticipated these ideas by several years.

Although his Lochawe infantryman is clearly based on the many Kouros of the archaic period of Greek art Carrick brought the right foot further forward and the left arm up against the body. This not only narrowed the frontage into a blade like profile when viewed from the front but it also ensured that the spearhead like shape was retained when viewed from the side of the monument. Carrick's daughter Anne Scott remembered how her father always put great emphasis on the importance of considering how any sculpture would be seen in-the-round. The work had to retain its interest and integrity when seen from any viewpoint.

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