Kirkcudbright is a lovely scenic Scottish fishing town with an artistic heritage tucked away in the beautiful Dumfries and Galloway countryside. Established as a Royal Burgh in 1455, Kirkcudbright has always been supported by a busy fishing trade. Behind the harbour the streets have housed generations of creative artists, a tradition maintained today by a flourishing colony of painters and craft workers. This has led to it being called "The Artists' Town".
In 1985 the “Mhari-L” trawler was lost with all 5 hands. Then in 2000 the “Solway Harvester” was lost with all 7 hands. Both vessels were lost in the Irish Sea. On their way to the boats, fishermen walk past a memorial dedicated to the women and children of this and other Galloway fishing communities who have lost their menfolk.
The memorial “In Memory Of Loved Ones Lost At Sea” was carved in green oak by local artist Charlie Easterfield in 1994 and depicts a Mother and Child clasping each other and anxiously looking out to sea - looking and waiting for their loved ones. “It is a very lovely piece of local art which has a huge significance to the community and which is much admired by locals and visitors alike” says Stewartry committee administrator Hazel Kerr.
Over the years the statue was affected by the formation of algae and black spot and eventually began to rot. It was repaired by a local joiner in 2011 but algae and black spot began to develop again.
On seeing the deterioration Sioo&rsquo:x;s UK Ambassador, Alan Coultas, a regular visitor to the area, offered to help by providing the community a supply of the Sioo:x Wood Protection product. This was gratefully accepted and, after cleaning, the statue was treated in June 2013 by staff of Dumfries and Galloway Council. Only a few months later, the transformation is remarkable. The Mother and Child have been given new life.
Sioo:x is well known for its effectiveness in protecting timber in the harshest of coastal environments. Completely environmentally friendly, water based and using the mineral silicon the treatment gives long life and a beautiful natural silver grey lustrous surface. It protects against the fomation of algae and rot, is weather proof but allows the timber to breathe. Sioo:x is particularly effective with oak as can be seen in the pictures below.
Lesley Garbutt, the Provost of Kirkcudbright says: “We are very grateful for the assistance of Sioo:x in helping us to preserve this much loved artwork – it truly has been given new life.” Alan Coultas says: “Sioo:x feels privileged to be able to help in the restoration and sustaining of this lovely piece of local artwork”
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