Jason’s gannets at St Abbs prove to be big draw

Jason Sweeney's sculpture sits above St Abbs harbour.
Jason Sweeney's sculpture sits above St Abbs harbour.

A trio of gannets overlooking the harbour at St Abbs caused a stir this week when Eyemouth based sculptor Jason Sweeney, took his latest piece on tour.

The four metres high stainless steel sculpture of three gannets, one scouting for fish and two diving, has proved to be a big attractions with many tourists and residents alike, from the moment it was erected.

The sculpture was placed on the mound above St Abbs harbour for a photo shoot last Tuesday.

What was intended to be a just short session of photographs turned into a major event as the piece created so much excitement and discussion from the large gathering that it couldn’t be removed for some time.

SculptorJason is recognised as a prodigious talent within the art world with his bespoke stainless steel sculptures. His work is exhibited in art galleries throughout the UK.

Although he produces a few pieces for exhibition each year, most of his time is spent creating private and commercial commissions for collectors around the world. The resulting sculptures rarely go on public display.

The gannets at St Abbs are such a commission, however, they are to be on show throughout the spring and summer months by kind permission of their owners, until they are installed on Skye later on this year.

The Berwickshire coastline provided a perfect reference and inspiration with live birds observed from St Abbs and Eyemouth and the popular Scottish Seabird Centre at North Berwick and Bass Rock contributing some expert opinion and resource material.

Maggie Shedden senior guide from the Seabird Centre commented on the finished sculpture: “You have truly captured the essence of this magnificent bird.

“The eye is amazing, the head, how the wing is held, the fan of the tail feathers, all, really wonderful.”

The gannets will next be seen along with other new work by Jason as part of “Wonders from the Water”, a collaborative exhibition with two other artists opening at The House of Bruar on Friday, May 8.

Later in the summer Jason will be exhibiting as guest artist with the Redspot Group of Artists at the CLA Game Fair which is to be held from July 31 to August 2 at Harewood House in Yorkshire.