Waterlines artists donate work to the University

Waterlines artists donate work to the University

Artists Will Maclean and Marian Leven generously support the University's Special Collections Centre as they enter the final stage of their Waterlines project.

On Thursday the 15th of September an event was held in the Sir Duncan Rice Library to celebrate the final stage of the Waterlines project.  This partnership between artists Will Maclean and Marian Leven and the University has seen Will and Marian generously supporting the University over a number of years through their awe-inspiring work.

Guests were able to enjoy the first viewing of new work by Will and Marian and to discuss it with the artists. The University's Senior Vice Principal Professor Jeremy Kilburn hosted the event and Professor John Morrison from the school of Divinity, History & Philosophy gave a synopisis of the work.

The Waterlines sculpture is situated inthe Academic Plaza aat the Sir Duncan Rice Library and was installed in 2012. It is based on the form of the iconic Aberdeen fast sailing ship Thermopylae which was build by Walter Hood and Co. She was launched in 1868 and is considered to be the fastest sailing ship ever constructed. The sculpture is made up of two shaped columns and is constructed from Kilkenny  Blue Limestone. The shape and incised lines also reference the Pictish standing stones of Aberdeenshire.

To mark the final stage of the project, Will and Marian present two further works - Will's collaboration with John Burnside, A Catechism of the Laws of Storms, and Cloud North, a screen print by Marian. They have been generously donated by Will and Marian to the University with proceeds supporting the Special Collections Centre and are available for viewing and purchase on the ground floor of the Sir Duncan Rice Library until the 4th of December 2016. After that, they will still be available for purchase online.

Marian's screen print Cloud North, 2015, is 56 x 56 cm with a limited edition 34 prints available. It is available unframed at a price of £315 including p&p in the UK. A Catechism of the Laws of Storms, 2014, is a collaboration of nautically inspired images from Will which in turn led to a suite of poems by John Burnside. The collection of poems and 12 prints is housed in a beautiful buckram and gold lettered portfolio. The prints measure 26 x 57 cm. This collection is valued at £4,000 but it is available for purchase through the Sir Duncan Rice Library at a cost of £2,100 including p&p in the UK. Overseas costs for both works are available on application.

For further information about the work and how to view and purchase please contact Laura McQueen, Donor Stewardship Officer, the University of Aberdeen Development Trust on +44 (0) 1224 274111 or email l.mcqueen@abdn.ac.uk.  Visit here to purchase online.

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