16 July 2014
Golfin Dolphin Meets Golf Stars!
‘Golfin Dolphin’, a life-sized dolphin sculpture in Aberdeen, had the chance to meet some of his favourite golfers this week!
‘Golfin’ is one of 50 life-sized dolphin sculptures that have been put around the city of Aberdeen as part of a big art event called Wild Dolphins organised by WDC and the ARCHIE Foundation (Aberdeen’s children’s hospital charity). The sculptures have been placed around the city to create a free art trail for the public before they are auctioned off to raise money for the two charities. They will also, of course, help to raise awareness of the real bottlenose dolphins that can be seen swimming wild and free in the sea right by the city!
Each dolphin sculpture has its own unique decoration, and designs include a pirate, a diver and even Spiderman!
Golfin was designed by artist Gordon Henry, and has been decorated to look like a golf course! He usually lives at the Royal Aberdeen Gold Club, but the start of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open was an opportunity that was too good to miss, and he was moved to be right in the middle of the golfing action. The photo shows him very much enjoying the life of a VIP in the players’ private area and the moment he met Phil Mickelson - last year’s Open champion!
In the photo you can see Phil Mickelson actually signing Golfin; the idea is to cover him with autographs of Golf stars, so when he is sold at an auction in September, he will hopefully raise lots of money for charity. Charities that will be helped by this cause include The ARCHIE Foundation at the Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital and WDC.
You can see Golfin and the rest of the Wild Dolphin gang yourself this summer by visiting Aberdeen before the 29th of August. Trail maps are available from shops, libraries and other attractions and a smartphone app can be downloaded that will allow you to keep track of the Wild Dolphins you have found by scanning them with your phone!
For more information on the trail, visit the Wild Dolphins website.
Make sure to say hello to Golfin when you see him!