'Nae Day Sae Dark'
'Nae Day Sae Dark'
'Nae Day Sae Dark'
'Nae Day Sae Dark'
'Nae Day Sae Dark'
'Nae Day Sae Dark'
'Nae Day Sae Dark'

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A sculpture inspired by the poem 'Nae Day Sae Dark' (No Day So Dark) by Perth poet William Soutar. It consists of two bronze figures of men, representing happiness and misery, leaning on a five metre horizontal steel ring. Soutar's poem is engraved inside the ring of the sculpture. As with Soutar’s poem of the same name, the sculpture reminds us that however overpowering the dark, a glint of light will appear and even in the deepest despair, hope will always prevail.

'Nae Day Sae Dark'



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funded by Perth Partnership

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Perth & Kinross Council


Perth & Kinross Council

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engraved inside the ring: "NAE DAY SAE DARK" / Nae day sae dark; nae wud sae bare / Nae grund sae stour wi' stane; But licht comes through; a sang is there; / A glint o' grass is green. / Wha hasna thol’d his thorter’d hours / And kent, whan they were by, / The tenderness o’ life that fleurs / Rock-fast in misery?


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