The revered artist and sculptor of St Andrews’ beloved Hamish sculpture has once again drawn attention from the artistic community, but this time not for the right reasons. The bronze statue of the late town cat was unveiled in 2013 and stands in Church Square. The local community raised over £5,000 to complete the project. The famed sculptor, who asked to remain anonymous, was previously hailed as ‘Playdough’s answer to Banksy’ by many Art Historians, however he has recently amassed much criticism and his most recent project is considered more avant-garde.
His recent sculpture of footballer Ronaldo is considerably more abstract compared to previous work, so much so, that some critics even claim it doesn’t even look like him. This would not be the first time that the artist has disappointed a patron. During the unveiling of his bronze feline statue, Sir Hamish McHamish was apparently disgruntled at his appearance, reportedly miaowing “Why are my eyes so far apart?” and “I look like a giant bronze turd from behind!” before swiftly leaving the inauguration out of protest. Then again, it might just have been because he is a cat and they do whatever the fuck they want. Unfortunately, Hamish and the sculptor never managed to reconcile their artistic differences before Hamish’s untimely death in 2014.
In a bid to reinstate his reputation, the sculptor is believed to be undertaking a project of immortalising some of St Andrews' best loved characters, including Principal Sally Mapstone, eternal SU President Pat Mathewson, Iain the DJ, the creepy flute man outside Tesco, and the resurrected bones of Saint Andrew himself.