Rothesay pupils learn about life and work of George Wyllie

Pupils from Rothesay Primary with the paper boats they made while learning about artist and sculptor George Wyllie, who died in May.

Pupils from Rothesay Primary with the paper boats they made while learning about artist and sculptor George Wyllie, who died in May.

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Primary seven pupils at Rothesay Primary have been learning about the late, internationally-acclaimed artist, George Wyllie, whose often humorous works included The Paper Boat and The Straw Locomotive.

The pupils have been finding out about his life and his achievements and even created mini replicas of his ‘paper boat’ which started out in Govan, Glasgow and went on to become an exhibit in New York, USA, in 1990.

The boats made in Rothesay form part of an exhibition in the Mitchell Library in Glasgow called ‘George Wyllie Retrospective: In Pursuit of the Question Mark’, which opens on November 1.

A selection of these boats will also be released from the Riverside Museum on Hogmanay in celebration of the artist’s life.

George Wyllie died on May 15 this year at the age of 90, following a short illness.