Surprising new works of art are making waves in Loch Melfort
As it looks up from the depths of a Scottish loch, it is as surprising a work of art as any new creation from famous street artist Banksy.
At high tide he finds himself completely submerged, hidden by the rippling waters of Loch Melfort, with onlookers oblivious to his presence.
However, all is revealed when the water level drops and a surprising life-size sculpture of a man, sitting in an old cast-iron tub, appears.
The head is the first part of this new work to emerge, appearing to float above the surface as the tide goes down. Then the full scene of the man in the bath gradually appears, followed by the realization that this artistic creation is actually sitting on the rocks – a scene visible only at low tide.
Local artist Ruaridh Litster-Campbell, who made a mold of his face, hands and feet for the sculpture, said the work is difficult to see due to its location and its tidal disappearance high.
However, kayakers and paddlers are now starting to spread the word, while the people of Loch Melfort quickly guessed who placed the surprise artwork due to the facial resemblance to its creator.
Mr Litster-Campbell, 23, who lives in Arduaine, next to Loch Argyll, said: “It’s an idea, a joke, for some time, then when I got home before the lock, that was a good excuse to do it. It’s on a tidal rock called the brown horses which had a pole as a marker but fell years ago and we just decided to stick something on it . ”
He said planning the room and how to put it on the rock took longer than actually creating it.
He added: “The original idea was to do a full life cast, but in the end it was a life model of my hands, feet and head. I used alginate. , similar to the one used by dentists, to cover my face and the back of my head. make a mold and cover it with cement. The body is like a steel frame with thick wire and cement and it is in an old cast iron tub so it’s quite heavy.
“You can’t lift it, and we had an old tub outside, so we put it in and named the room the ‘Bathman’.”
Bathman, who some say looks like a sculpture by Antony Gormley, was moved to the rocks by Mr. Litster-Campbell and his father Mike, but the family are silent on how they managed to place the piece on the rocks. All Mr. Litster-Campbell would have admitted was that they had the use of a boat.
The sculpture has been in place for about a month but the artist, who creates paintings, sculptures and jewelry, said it took a while for her to be noticed, due to its position and its act of disappearance at high tide.
He said: “A few people spotted it shortly after, but you really have to know it’s there. Some kayakers and paddlers have seen it, but it’s completely covered at high tide and you really have to look out. through binoculars to see it from Loch Melfort point of view. ”
The sculptor and artist is now waiting to see if his last work will survive the winter.
He said: “It’s bolted to the rocks but it’s a strong current there, if it survives the winter I’ll be delighted. It’s the first full-scale piece I made. ”
Calum Ross, owner of the Loch Melfort Hotel, said: “The Man in the Bath has generated tremendous interest among our customers and restaurant patrons. Sitting on our terrace having lunch, dinner or a drink, customers have always enjoyed and marveled at our magnificent views, but now there is an extra dimension … can they see the man in the bath , or how much can they see depending on the tide and whether or not they have binoculars with them? Some have even taken their own photos with drones or from boats, kayaks and paddleboards. ”