Giant Grouse Takes Flight Over Highlands of Scotland

November 23, 2010

PERTH, Scotland, November 23, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — ‘The Grouse’ statue,
created by Scottish Sculptor Ruaraig Maciver, was officially unveiled today
at one of Scotland’s major road junctions, the Broxden roundabout, in Perth,

(Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20101123/420967 )

The sculpture which depicts a grouse taking flight can be seen emerging
from the trees on the roundabout. Standing proud at an impressive 49 feet
tall (including the 29 ft column) and weighing 1.5 tonnes, the sculpture
promises to be one of the most striking public artworks in Scotland.

The eye-catching sculpture has been commissioned to celebrate ‘Perth 800′
as a lasting legacy for the city-wide initiative. The Grouse was chosen as a
symbol of Perthshire and has been gifted to the people of Perth by the makers
of The Famous Grouse, The Edrington Group. Perthshire is renowned for being
home to over half a million acres of the most magnificent grouse moorlands
attracting visitors from all over the world every year.

Made from an open framework of galvanised steel, The Grouse sculpture is
estimated to be the equivalent of approximately 2,500 times the weight of a
real red grouse, and 37 times its height. It is made from over 2,700 linear
feet of steel and 8,000 welds were involved in the construction.

The red grouse was also the inspiration for Matthew Gloag when he created
The Grouse brand back in 1895. He created a whisky that would appeal to the
hunting, shooting and fishing fraternity which were being drawn in their
hundreds to the Perthshire moorland. Over 100 years later, the red grouse
still remains the iconic trademark for what is known today as Scotland’s
favourite whisky.

Gerry O’Donnell, director of The Famous Grouse, said: “2010 is a very
special year. It marks 800 years since the granting of the Royal Burgh
Charter to Perth by King William the Lion in 1210, while it also sees the
brand celebrating 30 years as the no. 1 selling whisky in Scotland.

As we are very proud of our Perthshire roots we wanted to mark this
special occasion and we hope people will agree that this magnificent
sculpture creates a truly spectacular gateway to Perthshire and the Highlands
of Scotland.”

The sculptor Ruaraig Maciver said: “The race has been on to get the
sculpture finished in time but we have finally made it and it has been a
fantastic challenge. I have tried to ensure this is an accurate depiction of
a real Grouse taking flight and I am very pleased with the aesthetics of the
sculpture. As Scotland’s national game bird I know it is well-loved across
Perthshire and Scotland, so I hope it is something everyone can appreciate
and be very proud of.”

Perth & Kinross Provost, Dr John Hulbert, said: “I would like to thank
The Edrington Group for this very kind gift to the people of Perth. The
unveiling of the grouse is a fitting end to our Perth 800 celebrations, which
have been so successful this year. The statue will be an important part of
the legacy of Perth 800.”


    - 'Perth 800' is a year long celebration in 2010 which marks
      the 800th anniversary of the granting of the Royal Burgh Charter to
      Perth by King William the Lion in 1210.

    - The Edrington Group, is a private Scottish company
      controlled by The Robertson Trust. It owns some of the worlds leading
      whisky brands, The Famous Grouse, The Macallan, Highland Park and Cutty
      Sark along with Brugal, one of the largest international rum brands.

    About the sculptor (http://www.beltanestudios.com)

    - The sculpture has been created by Ruaraig Maciver from
      Beltane Studios, Peebles. Beltane Studios is one of the few remaining
      foundries which specialise in traditional bronze casting. As well as
      creating their own bronze sculptures including the Jean Armour
      Memorial, they have also worked closely with renowned sculptor Andy
      Scott on the Ibrox Disaster Memorial statue of John Greig, the Jim
      Baxter Memorial and the globe for the Thanksgiving Beacon in Belfast.


    - Total height = 49 ft - The Grouse = 21 ft and The Column = 28 ft
    - Width of the main body = 4.9 ft
    - Wing to wing tips = 38 ft
    - Tip of beak to tip of tail = 56 ft
    - Weight = 1.5 tonnes
    - Materials = The Grouse and the column are both made of steel and
      galvanised in zinc

About the red grouse and Perthshire (figures provided by Scottish
Countryside allowance)

    - 75% of the world's heather moorland is in the UK and nearly all of that
      can be found in Scotland and Perthshire accounts for approximate 5%.

    - There are approximately 50 areas of moorland in Perthshire - equating
      to in the region of half a million acres of land.

    - The grouse shooting industry contributes GBP23 million to the annual
      Scottish economy. Of that Perthshire accounts for around 20%
      (approximately GBP5 million.)

SOURCE The Famous Grouse

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