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By Gary Nisbet
Gerald Ogilvie Laing
(b. 1936)
Born in Newcastle, England, he trained as an officer at Sandhurst, 1953-55, before training as a sculptor at St. Martin's School of Art, 1960-64.

He lived in New York until 1969 before moving to Kinkell Castle, Dingwall, receiving the 1971 Civic Trust Award for the castle's restoration.

In 1971 he received several commissions for public work in the north of Scotland. These include Bilith III in Aberdeen; Alness Pyramid at Alness Academy; Division in the Highland Sculpture Park; and in 1972, Tunnel and Pyramid at Glenshee Sculpture Park.

For Standard Life Assurance, George Street, Edinburgh, he executed a bronze relief of The Wise and Foolish Virgins (1979), a modern version of the building's pediment group by Sir John Steell, of 1839.

Recent commissions include, The Fountain of Sabrina, Bristol (1981), a bronze Cricketer, for Sir Paul Getty (1998), Stone Dragon, for Bluewater Shopping centre, Dartford (1999), and In Memory (2000), for Creag Bunuillidh, Helmsdale, to commemorate victims of the Highland Clearances.

His only public work in Glasgow is Callanish, Strathclyde University (1971-2).

Sources:

  • Strachan ;
  • H, 30 April, 1998;
  • The Scotsman, 24 February, 1999, 3 June, 2000.
 
Works in our Database:
1: University of Strathclyde (Townhead),
In the John Anderson Campus, north of the Department of Architecture and Building Science
Callanish (1974)
Sculptor: GO Laing
 
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