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POLL: What should Inverness Angling Club's Ness river Labrador artwork, beside Highland Council's Gathering Place walkway, be called? Final vote


By Alasdair Fraser

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The dog carving in front of The Little Isle fishing shed. Picture: James Mackenzie.
The dog carving in front of The Little Isle fishing shed. Picture: James Mackenzie.

It was a rare opportunity to name a new Inverness landmark.

Over 150 Courier readers made their pitch – and the final choice can now be voted for here:

The chainsaw sculpted, larch Golden Labrador installed by river Ness anglers was conceived as “the nicest possible protest” against the controversial Gathering Place walkway.

The £790,000-plus My Ness artwork project has been heavily criticised by members of the public, with Inverness Angling Club a leading voice of dissent.

Inverness Angling Club with the new art installation. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Inverness Angling Club with the new art installation. Picture: James Mackenzie.

The anglers feel the curved concrete edifice has blighted a beauty spot and traditional fishing beat.

The doggie they cemented inside the Gathering Place, in contrast, already seems to have captured hearts and minds.

The final six names to be put to the public vote are:

Justice

Sonas (good fortune - Gaelic)

Ghillie

Abhainn (River - Gaelic)

Rebel

Breac (fish/spotted trout - Gaelic)

The new art installation in front of The Gathering Place. Picture: James Mackenzie.
The new art installation in front of The Gathering Place. Picture: James Mackenzie.

The poll will run over the weekend and into next week, before a final name is chosen.

There were plenty of inventive ideas, some baffling, some comical: the inevitable Doggy McDogface; Woody Harr(iers)son and Pawzy Pawzborn Prince of Barkness, which might just have been a nod to a famous old Brummie heavy metal rocker.

Thanks to everyone who entered.


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