Deeside artists on the map with dolphin sculptures

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The Wild Dolphins summer art trail launched in Aberdeen last week with a number of Deeside artists contributing their creations.

There are 50 large painted dolphin sculptures on display in locations across the city, designed and decorated by local artists.

In addition, 33 baby dolphins are located in Aberdeen, painted by pupils from local primary schools, including Culter Primary.

Six Deeside artists have taken part in the city-wide art event, which runs until August 29.

Howard Butterworth of the Butterworth Gallery, Aboyne, painted Poppy the dolphin, who is proudly displayed at the Gordon Highlanders Museum.

Each of the dolphin sculptures is sponsored by a local business, with John Clark Motor Group sponsoring Poppy.

Mary Louise Butterworth is the artist behind Seadog, on display at the Aberdeen Maritime Museum and sponsored by Aberdeen Inspired.

A map is available online with the locations of the dolphins and a smartphone app was launched on Tuesday June 24 to track the dolphins’ locations.

Mel Shand’s sculpture, Adeona, sponsored by Charles Michie’s Pharmacy is located at Mouth of Don.

Also sited in the city centre, Spot the Dolphin by Jan Leatham is settling in to his new home at the Bon Accord Centre, and is sponsored by The Big Partnership.

Allan Lawson of Strachan created Bird Ballet, his dolphin, sponsored by Inverurie Precast Ltd and situated in Hazelhead Park.

Creels, Crans and Currachs, by Helen Jackson of Potarch is on show at Dobbies Garden Centre.

The 1.5ft dolphins were prepared for the public and finally set free last week for people to enjoy over the summer months.

When the dolphins depart at the end of August, they will be auctioned off in aid of the ARCHIE Foundation and Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC).

The Wild Dolphins Project is part of the Wild in Art series and is fully interactive with the dolphins trending on Twitter . The latest craze across the city is #dolphie, which involves people posting ‘selfies’ online with the statues they find along the trail, with the map also interactive via a QR code.