About this artwork

Edwin Morgan was one of the most important Scottish poets of the twentieth century, writing poetry in a wide variety of styles. Born in Glasgow in 1920, he lived in the city almost his entire life. In 1937 he entered the University of Glasgow and, after interrupting his studies to serve with the Royal Army Medical Corps in the Middle East, graduated in 1947. He became a lecturer and later a professor at the university and retired in 1980. Morgan’s interests are wide-ranging and include technology, art, film, travel and languages – he has translated poetry from Russian, Hungarian, French, Italian, Latin, Spanish, Portuguese and German. From 1999 to 2002 he served as Glasgow’s Poet Laureate before being made the first ever ‘Scots Makar’ or Scotland’s national poet, in 2004.

David Annand

David Annand

David Annand was born in 1948 and trained at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee. After teaching in secondary schools for fourteen years he became a full-time sculptor. The majority of his works are commissions of public art and include many life-like sculptures of human figures and animals. Annand uses his technical skill to take his materials to the limit in terms of balance and composition. The resulting sculptures often seem precarious yet full of life, an example of which is his famous ‘Nae Day Sae Dark’ on Perth’s High Street. Annand has received numerous awards for his work, including the Royal Scottish Academy’s Latimer Award, the Benno Schotz Award and the Sir Otto Beit Medal from the Royal Society of British Sculptors for his celebrated ‘Deer Leap’ (1987).