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The Emigrants
The Emigrants
The Emigrants
The Emigrants
The Emigrants
The Emigrants
The Emigrants
The Emigrants
The Emigrants
The Emigrants
The Emigrants
The Emigrants

© the artist's estate / Bridgeman Images. Photo credit: Carsten Flieger / Art UK

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The artwork commemorates the huge numbers of people evicted from their ancestral homes during the Highland Clearances. The statue depicts four figures. The kilted man is looking ahead into an unknown future, while beside him a boy is looking up to him for guidance or reassurance. The woman, wrapped in a shawl, is holding a baby and is looking back towards the home they have been forced to leave. 

Date

2007

Medium

bronze

Measurements

H 1000 x W (?) x D (?) cm

Accession number

KW8_CF_S001

Acquisition method

funded by Dennis MacLeod

Work type

Monument

Work status

extant

Unveiling date

23rd July 2007

Access

at all times

Inscription description

plaque: THE EMIGRANTS / COMMEMORATES THE PEOPLE OF THE HIGHLANDS AND ISLANDS OF SCOTLAND / WHO, IN THE FACE OF GREAT ADVERSITY, SOUGHT FREEDOM, HOPE AND / JUSTICE BEYOND THESE SHORES. THEY AND THEIR DESCENDANTS WENT / FORTH AND EXPLORED CONTINENTS, BUILT GREAT COUNTRIES AND / CITIES AND GAVE THEIR ENTERPRISE AND CULTURE TO THE WORLD. / THIS IS THEIR LEGACY. / THEIR VOICES WILL ECHO FOREVER THRO THE EMPTY STRATHS / AND GLENS OF THEIR HOMELAND. / UNVEILED BY THE FIRST MINISTER OF SCOTLAND, RT HON ALEX SALMOND MSP, 23 JULY 2007; plaque: THE EMIGRANTS / COMMISSIONED BY / CLEARANCES CENTRE LTD / 2004


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Located at

A9, Helmsdale

KW8 6JX

Situated in Couper Park.