Access Sculpture Trail
He chose granite, the most obdurate of stones, which for him symbolises the Celtic spirit of Scotland, the land and life of its people. Working by hand gives him communion with the stone, allowing it to speak for itself, while making fierce demands of the artist. The sculptures reflect his deep compassion for the universal human and animal condition. At times, Rae emphasises the tragic relationship between humans and animals in sculptures like Wounded Elephant. Other works are simply a celebration of the beauty of animal and human life, such as Boy with Calf and Tyger Tyger. This collection of sculpture, some weighing more than twenty tons, is sited on and around the Access Sculpture Trail.
In total there were over one hundred tonnes of Ronald Rae’s sculpture sited across the Access Sculpture Trail. Rae’s work asks us both to consider our own place within the natural world and to examine our role in an increasingly discordant worldwide relationship between humanity and the environment.
Born in Ayr in 1946, Ronald Rae attended Glasgow and Edinburgh Schools of Art although he made his first granite carving aged 15. Over the past thirty-eight years he has laboriously carved granite sculptures, as well as making ink drawings and writing poetry. He has received many private and public commissions and in 1999 held an extensive exhibition of stone carvings in Regent's Park, London.