Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail: A Wee Peek Behind The Scenes

Scotland’s favourite boy, Oor Wullie, will be coming to the streets of Dundee this summer. Do you remember Aberdeen’s Wild Dolphins, Bristols Gromits and gorillas and Birmingham’s Owls? Well… Dundee is going to be home to 50 Oor Wullie sculptures over summer this year!

oor wullie Dolphins Dundee and Angus Chamber

“Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail is a major public arts event that will see the streets of Dundee and beyond come to life with a spectacle of colour of 50 giant Oor Wullie sculptures in summer 2016. The project, a collaboration between The ARCHIE Foundation, DC Thomson and Wild in Art will capture the hearts and minds of the public and encourage us all to become ‘tourists in our own City’ and attract visitors from all over. The Oor Wullie sculptures will be beautifully decorated by local and national artists as well as household names from the worlds of film, music, art, animation and fashion. From small local companies to national corporations, a whole host of businesses and individuals will have the unique opportunity to sponsor a sculpture that will then be on show for 10 weeks before taking the sculptures to auction to help raise funds for The ARCHIE Foundation’s Tayside Appeal to create a twin theatre suite for the children’s hospital.”

I became involved with this exciting project last December after being asked if I would like to submit a design for one of the statues. Of course I said yes! It’s Oor Wullie after all! (And to be honest, I was gutted last year when I found out about taking part in the Wild Dophin’s project up in Aberdeen too late. Those dolphins were awesome!) I submitted my design and was later commissioned as one of the many artists that will be contributing to the trail. This is my design:

oor wullie submission whimsical lush
WhimSicAL LusH Design for Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail

My Oor Wullie design is inspired by Dundee and its people. More specifically the people who have made exciting discoveries and created changes that have changed the world!

The images appearing on Oor Wullie’s clothes and bucket represent his adventures as he has fun exploring Dundee and learning all about its history.

Many of the illustrations are based on the designs I created for Discovery Walk, which is a series of ten bronze plaques that are part of Dundee’s new waterfront. It celebrates Dundee’s gifts to the world given by the many extraordinary people who have lived and worked in the city.

Other illustrations that feature are from various areas of my work that are inspired heavily by Dundee, RRS Discovery, Botanic Gardens and the city’s link to nature with all of its beautiful green spaces.

Jellyfish sketch for D’Arcy Thompson’s Plaque on Discovery Walk, Dundee

As well as being on of the artists who will be designing and painting an Oor Wullie sculpture I’m really delighted to have taken the post of artist co-ordinator for the trail. It’s going to be wonderful meeting and working with all of the artists over the next few months. It’s going to be a lot of hard work for everyone involved but will be an absolutely amazing experience.


if you would like to get involved, please do! I would love to see your designs come to life and have your sculpture alongside mine on the trail.

“We welcome designs in any art form – traditional to new media, fine art to illustrations, graffiti to mosaic, embroidery to metalwork. Whatever the medium, we invite participation from professional artists and enthusiastic amateurs, artist groups, young people, designers, architects and photographers.”

“The Oor Wullie Bucket Trail hopes to promote the importance of art and design and help to make design and creativity more accessible to the public. It’s a wonderful opportunity to showcase your work on a grand scale, with similar events creating a massive footfall, generating widespread media coverage and creating a sense of pride and community cohesion in their host towns and cities.”

What’s even better… “these sculptures will be auctioned off after the event to raise funds for the ARCHIE Foundation and Tayside Children’s Hospital.”

Apply here: Artist Submission Pack The closing date is Friday 19th February 2016



Feb 7th: Next week is going to see me down at The Apex, Dundee painting my Oor Wullie sculpture. So if you fancy popping down to see some live painting and have a blether please do. Be lovely to see you!


Did you see us on the STV news on Tuesday 2nd Feb? We are right at the end after the weather (about 23 mins in).

Oor Wullie Bucket Trail on STV


The Courier: Oor Wullie trail to raise bucketloads of cash for Archie Foundation

Find out more about Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail on social media:

Like us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter

Follow us on Instagram

(I will being taking over the OWBT Instagram every now and again to give some behind the scenes arty updates once we all get painting, so keep your eyes peeled!)


I will be updating my WhimSicAL LusH Facebook, Twitter and Instagram along the way too… So why not come and join me on my newest inky adventure with Oor Wullie by my side!


Progress Diary and more News!! 

Feb 7th 2016

Base layer went on earlier… All ready for illustration work tomorrow at the Apex!

February 8th – 16th Live Painting sessions at the Dundee Apex: Here are some of my progress shots from over the week. I had a couple of days off but in total he’s taken about 47 hours to complete! What an awesome challenge! Thanks Oor Wullie Bucket Trail…. What an honour to get to decorate an Oor Wullie and give him new clothes!  

Me and Oor Wullie (now fondly known as #oorwhimsy 😉) were on the news again! Here’s a short clip! STV Dundee 12th Feb 2016< a href=”https://whimsicallushblog.files.wordpress.com/2016/02/img_6645.jpg”&gt;<<<
ef=”https://whimsicallushblog.files.wordpress.com/2016/02/img_6649.jpg”&gt;  <<<
ef=”https://whimsicallushblog.files.wordpress.com/2016/02/img_6652.jpg”&gt;  <<<
ef=”https://whimsicallushblog.files.wordpress.com/2016/02/img_6656.jpg”&gt;  <<<
ef=”https://whimsicallushblog.files.wordpress.com/2016/02/img_6657.jpg”&gt;  <<<

a href=”https://whimsicallushblog.files.wordpress.com/2016/02/img_6672.jpg”&gt; Oor Wullie, some of the staff that were at The Apex , Dundee, who kept me going with cups of coffee and banter, whilst I was live painting in the hotel foyer… and me![





a href=”https://whimsicallushblog.files.wordpress.com/2016/02/img_6688.jpg”&gt; Photo by Dymagate[



ption width=”2048″ align=”alignnone”] Photo by Dave Tipping[/caption]<

undee Evening Telegraph 19th Feb 2016

a href=”https://whimsicallushblog.files.wordpress.com/2016/02/img_6692.jpg”&gt; Fantastic article in today’s Dundee Evening Telegraph about Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail, The Archie Foundation Tayside & my Oor Wullie in his new clothes! [


lt; b>Dundee Evening Telegraph Online Article: CITY ARTIST FIRST TO PAINT £2M OOR WULLIE TRAIL STATUE  <<<
tion width=”1024″ align=”alignnone”] Oor Whimsy on the stage at our Sponsors night[/caption]Video: The Courier: The start of the final selection process begins for Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail<<<<

2 Comments Add yours

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.