The anniversary of the Iolaire disaster on 1st January 2019 will be the final formal event in the official, national four-year programme commemorating the Centenary of The Great War. A time for deep reflection, it is also the appropriate time to create a significant memorial that will give the tragedy the national profile and place in history it merits and create a legacy for the community and for those visiting the island.
Arthur Watson RSA, Marian Levan RSA and Will Maclean RSA, three of the most senior and respected visual artists in Scotland have been commissioned to create a bronze sculpture located near the site where the vessel was wrecked.
It is intended that it will complement the present memorial, encourage deep reflection, symbolise, represent and commemorate survivors, those lost, their families and the survival of the community itself. Because, ultimately, it is not possible to fully understand the history of Lewis in the 20th Century without recognising the scale and impact of the Iolaire disaster.
The Iolaire Centenary Sculpture has been commissioned by An Lanntair in partnership with:
– Arts and Business
– Gael Force Group
– Stornoway Port Authority
– Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn
– Point and Sandwick Trust
– Horshader Community Trust
– Tolsta Community Development Trust
– Comhairle nan Eilean Siar