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Figure of cartoon hero adds colour to Quad

A sculpture of the much-loved comic-strip character Oor Wullie is on show in the University’s Old College Quad this summer

This statue is one in a series for Oor Wullie’s BIG Bucket Trail – a public art project to raise awareness and funds for Scotland’s children’s hospital charities.

Different interpretations of the classic cartoon character have been installed in locations in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness.

The Oor Wullie based in Old College Quad has been designed by bestselling crime writer Ian Rankin and artist Chris Rutterford.

The author has depicted the Scottish cartoon figure as the famous fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes.

Another figure designed by artist Catherine Redgate and sponsored by the Reid Family can be found on Bristo Square.

Two hundred specially designed sculptures will be on display until the end of August.  

The figures will be auctioned in September as part of the fundraising efforts.

The project will raise funds for Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity, Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity and the ARCHIE Foundation – the official charity of Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital.

The University has strong connections with the city’s children’s hospital through our students, staff and alumni. It is fantastic that we can support the charity and give Oor Wullie a home for the summer.

Lesley McAraAssistant Principal Community Relations

We are delighted to have the support of the University of Edinburgh as a sponsor of Oor Wullie’s BIG Bucket Trail. This is such a unique opportunity for the children’s hospital charities in Scotland to partner with each other, and with organisations across the country to make a huge difference for generations of children who find themselves needing to spend time in hospital.

Roslyn NeelyChief Executive, Edinburgh Children's Hospital Charity

Oor Wullie’s BIG bucket trail