Monday, 20 July 2015

Stornoway sculptures

Sammy and Friend
Stornoway’s latest sculptures – a pair of seals – have hauled themselves onto the gravel outside the old Town Hall.   

There will probably be a competition to choose names for them.  One suspects that one name will be Sammy – I wonder what the other will be?


These Raven sculptures for West Side Primary School at Barvas on Lewis (2012) were designed by Helen Denerley, born in Roslin, Midlothian, and now living in Aberdeenshire.

The Herring Girls

In Stornoway the work of women in the heyday of the Herring fishery is commemorated by two statues, one on North Beach Quay and the other on South Beach Quay.  

The picture above shows a herring girl working gutting a herring. The girl has a barrel similar to those that were used in the herring industry throughout the 19th and 20th century.


  1. Lovely sculptures. They can really add to an area when people are too busy to read the signs!

  2. Wow! Those sculptures are really great. I wish more towns and civic groups would put up art like this.

  3. We are fortunate to have some superb public art on Lewis and it's good to be reminded not to take it for granted. Thanks.

  4. That seems like a lot of artwork for a small town! Good to see. Love the ravens.

  5. I love the herring girl sculptures. The seals look like they are fresh out of the water.

  6. WOW!! So many interesting sculptures made from different mediums...glad you're having a field day taking such lovely the way I am learning a lot.

  7. What a nice way to tell a bit more about the history of a place!

  8. They are all very, very good. I think I like the ravens best.

  9. I love these! Those seals are so cute - are they made of wood? And really like the birds and the working women too.


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