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The Three Virtues, Church Street, Inverness
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PC_ROBERTREID_3VIRTUES_014
PLACENAME
Inverness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona
DATE OF IMAGE
20 May 2009
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Robert Reid
SOURCE
Robert Reid
ASSET ID
29792
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The Three Virtues, Church Street, Inverness

This photograph shows part of an art work unveiled in Church Street, Inverness, in March 2008. It was created by the Inverness Old Town Art (IOTA) project in response to local memories and affection for three Andrew Davidson statues which, from Victorian times until 1955, stood on top of the building at the corner of High Street and Castle Street. These were modelled on the Greek mythological figures, the Three Graces, but became known to local residents as the Three Virtues: Faith, Hope and Charity.

Matt Baker, the Lead Artist for the IOTA project, wanted to create a new art work to represent three virtues which would characterise contemporary Inverness. He asked local communities to nominate the values which they felt should act as guiding principles for the city. The nominations were finally whittled down to three: Perseverance, Open-heartedness and Insight.

Taking his inspiration from the Highland landscape, Baker represented these virtues in three sloping outcrops of naturally hewn Caithness stone which appear to have erupted through the pavement in the pedestrian area at the south end of Church Street. Each outcrop incorporates a different species of the native birch tree and each is inscribed with one of the new virtues, in English, Gaelic and Old Norse.

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The Three Virtues, Church Street, Inverness

INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona

2000s

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Robert Reid

This photograph shows part of an art work unveiled in Church Street, Inverness, in March 2008. It was created by the Inverness Old Town Art (IOTA) project in response to local memories and affection for three Andrew Davidson statues which, from Victorian times until 1955, stood on top of the building at the corner of High Street and Castle Street. These were modelled on the Greek mythological figures, the Three Graces, but became known to local residents as the Three Virtues: Faith, Hope and Charity. <br /> <br /> Matt Baker, the Lead Artist for the IOTA project, wanted to create a new art work to represent three virtues which would characterise contemporary Inverness. He asked local communities to nominate the values which they felt should act as guiding principles for the city. The nominations were finally whittled down to three: Perseverance, Open-heartedness and Insight. <br /> <br /> Taking his inspiration from the Highland landscape, Baker represented these virtues in three sloping outcrops of naturally hewn Caithness stone which appear to have erupted through the pavement in the pedestrian area at the south end of Church Street. Each outcrop incorporates a different species of the native birch tree and each is inscribed with one of the new virtues, in English, Gaelic and Old Norse.