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By Gary Nisbet
William Scott
(b. 1935)
A sculptor working in metal and wood, he was born in Moniaivie, Dumfriesshire, and studied at ECA until 1958, and at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, from 1959-60.

His early work was predominently in metal, such as Rig and Platform, which pays tribute to the engineering achievements of the North Sea oil industry (1978-85).

His wood sculptures are preoccupied with the forms of 'primitive' sculpture, the nature of human rituals, and relationships between society and the environment.

His only public work in Glasgow is the competition winning, The Symbols of St Kentigern, on the north side of Kentigern House, Brown Street (1985-6). Cast in lead, the sculpture is based on the Glasgow Coat of Arms and the legends of St Kentigern, the founder and patron saint of the city.

The sculpture is 3.6m high by 1.5m wide, and was commissioned by the Property Services Agency. The architects of the building it adorns were Keppie Henderson & Partners.

Scott has exhibited work in Britain, Scandinavia and Japan, and is represented in public collections in Scotland. He was elected RSA in 1984, and was Head of the School of Sculpture at ECA , 1990-97.

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Works in our Database:
1: Brown Street (Anderston),
Kentigern House
The Symbols of St Kentigern (1985-6)
Sculptor: W Scott; Architects: Property Services Agency
 
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