Paper boats and Rothesay Robins leave Bute for Glasgow

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.

Three wee Rothesay robins have flown their island nest and headed for Glasgow, where they’ll take part in an tribute to the life and work of artist and sculptor George Wyllie.

The robins, among 60 made by pupils in P7 at Rothesay Primary School, paused for breath in Gourock before continuing on to the big city, where they will go on display at the Mitchell Library in an exhibition paying tribute to Mr Wyllie, who died in May at the age of 90.

A flotilla of small paper boats, also made by Rothesay P7 pupils, left Bute on Wednesday too, to join up with fleetmates in Gourock - Mr Wyllie’s home town - before making their way to Glasgow.

There they’ll be launched, along with similar boats from a host of other schools, on Hogmanay in a quiet homage to the well-known artist, whose original giant Paper Boat sculpture, a tribute to Glasgow’s shipbuilding industry, sailed on the Clyde, the Thames and the Hudson River in New York in 1990.

To see the Rothesay robins in Gourock, just click on the link to the right of this article.