Evening Express “Don The Dolphin To Paint The Town Red” by Esther Beadle

A dolphin has dived straight into the wave of Dons fever as Aberdeen gears up for a city-wide arts exhibit this summer.

The Evening Express can give an exclusive sneak peak as the statue is decked out in red and white for the Wild Dolphin project.

Artist Nicole Porter, whose gallery is barely a stone’s throw from Pittodrie, is painstakingly picking out the finer details of the football-focused flipper.

The 26-year-old said: “We’ve called him Don the Dolphin and given him the number 12, because that represents the fans.

“If they go on to win the other cup in May then I would have to incorporate that in there too.

“I want to get the Peter Pawlett Baby lyrics on there and also some sheep on fire.”

It is expected the dolphin may be displayed somewhere near the stadium, but exact details of where each dolphin will go are still to be finalised.

Nicole added: “With my gallery being based near Pittodrie, on Saturdays the streets are full of supporters dressed in their scarves and hats.

“It seemed like the perfect one to do.”

Nicole, who normally works in oils, has been building up six layers of acrylic paint on the statue, to make sure it will be protected from the elements.

It will then be varnished before going on display as part of the Wild Dolphins art trail this summer.

For 10 weeks the streets of Aberdeen will be decorated with brightly coloured dolphin statues.

At the end of the run, the artworks will then be auctioned for charity, with cash divided between the ARCHIE Foundation and WDC Whale and Dolphin Conservation.

The Wild In Art scheme, which has taken other cities across the globe by storm, normally see football-related statues pull in the highest prices at auction.

Nicole said: “Wild Dolphins is such a good idea.  It’s great to have something so different in Aberdeen,

There will be about 50 statues all over the place. The city needs to get behind it.

“I’m already really excited for it happening this summer.”

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