CAPITAL SCULPTURES

The Caledonian Insurance (now Guardian Royal Exchange) building in Saint Andrew's Square in Edinburgh.

On top of the left hand pillar is Safety, and on the right Security, executed in 1939. Security has similarities with Carrick's diploma work Felicity which he submitted to the Royal Scottish Academy when elected full academician. While Felicity was intended to be seen in the round Security has been adapted for a frontal view. Both works were cast in bronze by one of Carrick's pupils George Mancini and the bronze has a distinctive dark green patina.

The building was based on a Swedish design and its location in Edinburgh's Georgian New Town was controversial at the time. Anne Scott told me ' I think all those concerned on that project felt they'd touched on something there, creating a style of building and sculpture that reflected the feelings of the time, but then the war broke out and it was forgotten.'

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