Photographer Alec Keeper has carved out a whole new career by
designing a modern memorial to
Having swapped his camera for a chisel to train as a stonemason at a
Glasgow college he’s designed a granite and sandstone tribute to our
Alec won a competition to design a new Burns memorial
which will stand just yards from Bridgeton Cross, which is
undergoing a £1 million renovation.
Bridgeton Burns Club
commissioned the work last year to mark the 250th anniversary of the
birth of Burns.
Alec, 38, was inspired by the Bard’s nickname – ‘the
ploughman poet’ – and has designed a stone pillar more than six feet
tall which bends in the shape of a ploughshare.
Despite running the risk of being labelled
illiterate, he and his team will chisel out the word ‘LUVE’ on the
pillar. The old Scots word for “love” was frequently used by Burns
in his works, including the line: “My luve is
like a red, red rose.”
Glasgow Metropolitan College student Alec said: “Love
is the central message of Burns’ celebration of our common humanity.
This message remains inspirational and relevant to us all today.”
Alec, from Dennistoun,
and his fellow student expect to complete the memorial by the time
the new-look Bridgeton Cross is unveiled in June.
The work will be created under the watchful eye of John Halpin,
head of building trades at the college.
Bridgeton Burns Club, is
the oldest of its kind in Glasgow. Club President Jack Steele said:
“We wanted to do something to mark the life and works of Robbie
Burns. I think he would be very pleased.”
The club has contributed £1,000 to the £15,000 cost
of the memorial, which will be funded from the overall scheme’s