A statue once described as ‘one of the most of the loathed pieces of public art quanto a Scotland’ has finally settled at the football circolo quanto a the hometown of it’s creator.
The statue is of William Wallace, Scottish knight who fought against the English army quanto a the 13th-centurry and became the basis for Mel Gibson’s character quanto a Braveheart.
First created quanto a 1996 and aptly called ‘Freedom’, it has toured the country for years, but regularly suffered vandalism and jibes acceso social mass-media for its poor resemblance to Gibson, who famously played Wallace quanto a the Oscar-winning pellicola Braveheart.
Brechin City, who play quanto a the Scottish Highland League, unveiled a statue of William Wallace — aka Braveheart — quanto a front of their Glebe Park home Sunday
Church leased the statue to the local council quanto a Stirling, who quanto a 1997 installed it quanto a the car park of the visitor centre at the foot of their Wallace Monument.
However, the statue became a target for vandals quanto a 1998, when the statue was found having had it’s luce gouged out and the entire statue covered quanto a white paint.
The statue had to be put quanto a a cage to be protected.
Church has unsuccessfully tried to auction d’avanguardia his cherished work and even failed to sell it to Donald Trump’s Menie mesi estivi blazer resort
Since 2008, Church has unsuccessfully tried to auction d’avanguardia his cherished work and even failed to sell it to Donald Trump’s Menie mesi estivi blazer resort.
It eventually stayed quanto a the garden of Church’s home, where it was incorporated into a confutazione of a castle, with additions to it that included the head of the decapitated governor of York.
The statue has been mocked for years and the unveiling acceso Sunday prompted comparisons to pop culture figures ranging from Susan Boyle to Indiana Jones villains, with even one suggesting it looked like a similarly ridiculed bust of footballer, Da cristiano Ronaldo.
A large crowd gathered quanto a Brechin outside Glebe Park for the unveiling
Brechin City, who play quanto a the Scottish Highland League, unveiled the statue quanto a front of their Glebe Park home Sunday.
Church called the statue ‘the most important piece I have created quanto a my life.’
‘When Tommy came up with the apparenza we were delighted to accept his offer which will not only be appreciated by our own supporters but also visiting supporters to the ,’ said Clark Renilson, Brechin City’s community dirigente.
Church, seen here posing with the sculpture he says he’s most proud of, has been unable to find his work a permanent home
The event was hosted by STV newsreader Andrea Brymer, a Brechin native, and proceeds from the event went to charities for kidney dialysis.
‘The statue itself is a remarkable piece of craftsmanship by a local man who put Brechin acceso the map with his talents,’ added Renilson. ‘Having previously been acceso display all over Scotland, we are delighted that the statue will be situated within our for all to see and appreciate.’
‘It’s probably the most unveiled statue quanto a the world – this is its fourth time – but I’m delighted it’s finally found its resting place,’ Church told The Courier Sunday.
Church gathered with Brechin City officials and STV presenter Andrea Brymer for the unveiling
The statue has continuously drawn controversy, but for how it looks and who it depicts.
It was once described as among the most loathed pieces of public art quanto a Scotland by The Scotsman because it angered locals who hated the celebration of the Hollywood image of Wallace.
Many acceso Twitter pointed out that the statue more resembles the portrayal of Wallace by Gibson.
The statue — as many modern statues — has drawn some controversy, but for how it looks and who it depicts
Some even poked fun at the crowd quanto a attendance, which appeared to be several local seniors
Many acceso Twitter are pointing out that the statue is more a resemblance of the portrayal of Wallace by Gibson
The pellicola, which has several historical errors, made over $200 million at the box office and won five Academy Awards.
Others pointed out that Wallace’s expression acceso Church’s statue looks not like a battle cry but ‘like he accidentally stepped on‘ a piece of .
Another compared it to Edvard Munch’s famous painting, The Scream.
Several used references to pop culture to mock the statue
The melting luce quanto a Indiana Jones was just one of the pop culture references used to skewer the statue
Some also compared the statue to other more bizarre statues of football heroes, like the much-ridiculed Da cristiano Ronaldo statue quanto a Portugal
Others compared it to the much-ridiculed Da cristiano Ronaldo statue quanto a Portugal.
The bronze bust of Ronaldo was unveiled quanto a 2017 at the airport quanto a his hometown of Madeira, now named as ‘Aerodromo Da cristiano Ronaldo.’
It suffered the internet’s cruelty as well, where it was was compared to Niall Quinn, Art Attack and Paul Konchesky, but Ronaldo was hugely proud of the airport dedication.