Dons great teams up with legendary comic book character for nationwide art trail
Wednesday June 12th 2019 at 1:22 PM
One of Aberdeen FC’s all time greats has teamed up with Scotland’s most loved comic book character as part of a nationwide art trail.
A statue of legendary former Dons captain Willie Miller, adapted to look like Oor Wullie, has been unveiled in the Bon Accord shopping centre Granite city.
It’s as part of the Oor Wullie Big Bucket trail – a Scotland wide initiative to raise money for children’s hospitals.
Miller made 560 appearances for Aberdeen between 1973 and 1990, a club record, and captained the legendary team that beat Real Madrid 2-1 in 1983 to win the European Cup Winners Cup.
The Gothenburg Great said: “The sculpture design is an excellent piece of work from Sarah Mauchline and it is an honour to have played a part in the inspiration.
“The design captures some key moments in Aberdeen Football club’s history and I hope it helps raise money for Scotland’s Children’s hospitals”
It’s one of 200 life-sized Oor Wullie sculptures that are being placed in Aberdeen, Inverness, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee.
They’ll all be auctioned off at the end of the summer with the proceeds going to the ARCHIE Foundation, Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity and Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity.
Sarah Maucline, who designed the statue, said: “The inspiration behind my design comes from my family, all of which are huge Dons supporters!
“Winning the Cup Winners Cup in 1983 was a proud moment in history for AFC therefore, I wanted to create my design around that momentous day. And when thinking of which player I’d transform Oor Wullie into, there could only be one – captain at the time (and legend), Willie Miller.
“I hope my design brings joy to those who meet him and raises lots of money for The Scottish Children hospital charities. Thank you to Bon Accord for choosing my design. “
The sculpture will be on display in the Bon Accord shopping centre from the 17th of June until the 30th of August.