George Wyllie – Whysman

George Wyllie – Whysman

The Original Tartan Rocket


We thought we had come up with a pretty original name when we thought up the name Tartan Rocket back in 2005 but in 2007 we found a newspaper telling the story of how George Wyllie, a much loved and celebrated Scottish scul?tor and artist, had discovered plans for a rocket under the thatch of Robert Burns roof.  In the early 80’s George decided to build the rocket from the actual plans but with his own twist and tribute by using shortbread tins with the Baird’s face on the lid and tartan trim around the sides…a Tartan Rocket was born, cough, launched!
If anyone out there has the know how and wants to give it another go, Tartan Rocket would be proud to help in anyway we can – maybe we could use shortbread tins with George Wyllie’s face on them this time around as our own tribute to his life & creations. Most people will be familiar with his giant paper boat, the straw locomotive, the giant safety pin at Rottenrow and the running clock amongst many others although nobody seems to know about the Tartan Rocket so we thought we would share this picture so that it doesn’t get forgotten. The whysman festival will celebrate George with an exhibition of his work which will open at Glasgow’s Mitchell Library on 3 November and run until 2 February, 2013.  A great website has been set up with lots of information  www.whysman.co.uk


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