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SideTracked MKC & Pause for Art #11 - Cauld Blast

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07 March 2020, 11:30 - 12:00

Over the last 50 years, Milton Keynes has developed an excellent reputation for Public Art development, with over 220 Public Artworks across the city.

"Public Art in Milton Keynes is about inviting the vision, creativity, and skills of artists, to engage people freely with the place, in a well-considered way."

A quick short meet to introduce you to one of MK's sometimes forgotten pieces of artwork. The usual chatter and socialising are encouraged.

When: Saturday 7th March 11:30 to 12:00

Where: Meet next to the artwork "O Wert Thou in the Cauld Blast".

Who: Geocachers near and far, new and old, everyone is welcome!


O Wert Thou in the Cauld Blast: Ronald Rae, 1984

Carved in Creetown granite this sculpture celebrates one of Burns’ last poems written for Jessy Lewars who nursed him during his final illness. The sculpture shows a couple comforting each other in times of trouble. Tthe local people call it “the cuddling couple.”

O wert thou in the cauld blast,
On yonder lea, on yonder lea,
My plaidie to the angry airt,
I’d shelter thee, I’d shelter thee;
Or did misfortune’s bitter storms
Around thee blaw, around thee blaw,
They bield should be my bosom.
To share it a’, to share it a’.

Robert Burns

A plaque of the poem in braille accompanies the work. Purchased by Commissions for the New Towns following a major exhibition of Rae’s work in the city from 1995-1999.

Ref: Ronald Rae's website.

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