Colourful replicas of a feline Aberdeen sculpture are to be auctioned off for charity.
The Cat Parade, organised by the Bon Accord rotary club to mark its 100th anniversary, will see 100 replicas of Kelly’s Cats auctioned off for Unicef, Clan and Denis Law’s Streetsport initiative.
The original cast iron Kelly’s Cats have adorned Union Bridge since 1910, and the replicas will be painted by both amateur and professional artists.
Sam Murray, president of the rotary club, said: “We wanted to bring a smile to the people of Aberdeen during these harsh economic times and involve them in an art project which will ultimately raise much needed funds for worthwhile causes.”
Under the scheme, the cats are set to be decorated by artists and local school children, with people given the chance to sponsor them and organise the work.
They will then be exhibited later this year in the city and participants can pay a fee to keep the pieces or see them auctioned off.
Taking centre stage will be Auld’s Cat, painted by the late artist Eric Auld, which was part of a similar scheme around 10 years ago.
It currently sits in the window of Jamieson and Carry Jewellers, next to the bridge and its original cats, after being given back to the rotary club to auction off at this year’s event.
Those who want to get involved in the project should contact Sam Murray at firstname.lastname@example.org.