WHERE IS IT? At the intersection of Buchanan Street and Sauchiehall Street, near the steps of the Royal Concert Hall
Unveiled by then Prime Minister Tony Blair in 2002, the statue is in memory of Scotland’s premier First Minister, Donald Dewar, who served as part of Blair’s Westminster cabinet.
It was from his cabinet position that he campaigned for Scotland’s devolution, and it was fitting he be the first to lead the country into a new era and a new millennium. It makes it all the more tragic that Dewar, dubbed the Father of the Nation, died one year later after a fall and subsequent brain haemorrhage.
The statue was created by young Scots artist Kenny MacKay, who lived in Dewar’s constituency of Anniesland. He won the role after the Daily Record newspaper ran a campaign to make it happen. The Scot’s artist managed to capture the First Minister’s perfectly, from his stern face framed by his glasses, to the ruffled suit jacket. The original plinth on which the statue stood was smaller than it currently is now. After petty vandalism forced the council to have the bronze statue taken away to be cleaned and repaired, it returned on the larger pedestal that now towers over thousands of pedestrians every day.
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