It was great to see that the incredible statue to these two giants of Mountaineering is now completed and is on place at Sligachan with great views onto the Skye Ridge. It has been 17 years in the making. What a great effort by all involved. I traveled back from Harris but due to a delay in the Ferry it was to dark for a photo. I will get back and pay homage to these two greats of Skye mountaineering.
“How can we thank this man for all he has done for the group over 17years.
Stephen listened to the group in 2004. We had an idea we wanted to celebrate John Mackenzie and Norman Collie. Stephen listened to our dream and came back to the group with the first maquette,he had captured the two men perfectly.
Little did we know how long a journey we were taking. Stephen has always been there for the group helping us throughout with artwork and visuals.
In 2015 we were invited to speak at a big event. Stephen made us a larger maquette for this and other events whilst trying to raise the funds needed.
We have seen and lived with the maquettes for quite a number of years now but nothing could prepare us for the final sculpture that is now in place at Sligachan.
We would not compromise. This sculpture had to be monumental, it had to be traditional and it had to sit in the landscape.
Stephen Tinney what you have produced is magnificent.
We thank you so much for sticking by us and giving us and everyone on Skye and around the world this sculpture.
A Sculpture for Skye
By Stephen Tinney.”
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