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RRS Discovery sculpture unveiled

The sculpture
The sculpture is made up of 11 upright granite slabs

A sculpture to mark the site where the RRS Discovery was launched has been unveiled in Dundee.

The artwork, called Panmure Passage, is made up of 11 upright slabs of granite, and represents the ship's hull.

Construction began on the famous boat on 16 March 1900 and she was launched from the Panmure Slip on 21 March 1901.

The vessel, captained by Robert Falcon Scott, travelled to Antarctica where it became trapped in ice for two years during a scientific expedition.

Famous explorer Ernest Shackleton was also a member of the expedition.

The sculpture was designed by artist Marion Smith and was made from a 27-tonne block of Norden Granite imported from Portugal.

The sculpture
A cross section of the Discovery's hull features on the slabs

Ms Smith said: "This commission has given me a fantastic opportunity to create an ambitious sculpture which celebrates the skills of Dundee ship builders and captures part of the story of the vessel's maiden voyage."

The artist wants members of the public to interact with the sculpture by looking through the cut outs, touching the surfaces and walking between the upright blocks.

Present at the unveiling was Captain Scott's grandson Falcon Scott, who said: "I think it's fantastic and it's absolutely amazing to have the Discovery represented in this way.

"It's just a great memorial to the ship which is just a couple of blocks away and the great history of Dundee that they had the skill to build this ship.

"Dundee should be very proud of the Discovery and its history."

The artwork was commissioned by Dundee City Council and the Unicorn Property Group, which is developing sites around the area.

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