Author Ian Rankin hails Sherlock Holmes-inspired Oor Wullie culputre he co-created as 'phenomenal'
Crime fiction writer Ian Rankin has hailed the Sherlock Holmes-inspired Oor Wullie sculpture he co-created as “phenomenal”.
“Oor Sherlock Holmes” is a collaboration between Ian Rankin and Edinburgh-based artist Chris Rutterford which pays tribute to Arthur Conan Doyle’s iconic character - complete with deer-stalker hat, cape and pipe.
Sponsored by The University of Edinburgh and located at the historic quad of the Old College, it is one of 60 life-sized Wullie statues displayed around the city this summer as part of Oor Wullie’s BIG Bucket Trail.
On meeting the sculpture for the first time, Ian said: “The artist, Chris, has done a phenomenal job of really bringing Sherlock Holmes to life and I’m especially pleased that this Wullie is located where Conan Doyle would have studied.
“This is a great thing to be a part of as I’m a huge Oor Wullie fan, having grown up on Oor Wullie and The Broons. I still get the annual every year.
“It’s also fantastic because the trail is supporting such a wonderful cause. My son has severe special needs and was diagnosed at the Sick Kids so we have first-hand experience of the amazing work of the hospital and the charity.”
Roslyn Neely, CEO of ECHC, said: “Thanks to this project and the funds it will raise, we are able to continue the vital work we do in supporting children, young people and their families to have a positive hospital experience.
At the end of Oor Wullie’s BIG Bucket Trail, the Edinburgh sculptures will be auctioned off at an invite-only event taking place on Thursday 19 September at Prestonfield House Stables. For more information about buying a sculpture or bidding online, please email [email protected]
ECHC believes that nothing should get in the way of being a child and works to make sure children and young people’s lives are less interrupted by illness. It distributes around £1.5 million per year to support the RHSC and other children’s healthcare settings across Scotland.
For more information or to donate, visit https://echcharity.org/