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Arts / Hare sculpture springs up at the pier

It won't be a case of 'hare today, gone tomorrow' as the sculpture will be at Victoria Pier over the summer months. Photo: Jim Mullay

PEOPLE may notice a rather unusual and eye-catching sight at Lerwick’s Victoria Pier – a large sculpture of a hare.

The piece of artwork, created by Anne-Marie Byrne, is part of Clan Cancer Support’s new Big Hop Trail.

It involves hare sculptures being dotted around the North East of Scotland and the Northern Isles.

The art trail – which is formally launching in the coming days – will take place for around nine weeks before the sculptures are auctioned off to raise money for CLAN.

A booklet for the trail suggests there will also be a smaller hare sculpture at Islesburgh in Lerwick which has been designed by children at the Baltasound school in Unst.

In total across Scotland there will be nearly 100 big and small sculptures.

The hare at Victoria Pier is called Dark Skies, with the sculpture reflecting the colours sometimes seen in the night sky in Shetland and the Cairngorms.

Byrne is a Suffolk-based artist who is also a qualified archaeologist.

The Big Hop project follows on from the lighthouse art trail which raised more than £300,000 for CLAN in 2021.

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