This day marks the recognition and celebration of structures that have represented safety and hope to travellers on dark seas throughout the centuries.
George Mackie’s painting, ‘Aberdeen Harbour Entrance’, captures the sense of safety, serenity and timelessness that many associate with the humble lighthouse.
“In my 24 years teaching at Gray’s School of Art I saw the harbour change from steam-engined trawlers, to diesel; and then the port ceased to be a major fish market. The oil boom transformed it. A wartime sense of drama came about. Very exciting visually. One could drive anywhere in the harbour precincts in those days. The nineteenth-century buildings still existed. I saw the best of it , leaving as I did in 1980.”
George Mackie is a former Head of Design at Gray’s School of Art. In 1973 he was awarded the title Royal Designer for Industry by the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce.