Monday, 15 August 2011

JIMMY "JINKY" JOHNSTONE memorial statue, Viewpark, Glasgow


This bronze portrait statue sculpture of the legendary Celtic footballer Jimmy ‘Jinky‘ Johnstone was commissioned for a site in Viewpark, Glasgowwhere Johnstone grew up. The life-size bronze statue depicts ‘Jinky’ in one of his most memorable triumph poses after he scored a goal. John McKenna modelled the portrait statue on reference supplied by the Johnstone family who came and approved the statue as it progeressed The bronze statue, cast at the A4A studio foundry was unveiled by the footballers family in Viewpark, Uddingston, Glasgow, August 2011.

Excerpt from local press Aug 15 2011

The Lisbon Lions turned out to catch a glimpse of a new life-size statue of Celtic legend Jimmy "Jinky" Johnstone. Former footballers, including Bertie Auld, Joe McBride and keeper John Fallon gathered yesterday yards from Jinky's childhood home in Uddingston, Lanarkshire.The statue of the player was unveiled in a memorial garden jointly by his widow, Agnes, Bertie and North Lanarkshire councillors Jim McCabe and Harry Gauchin. Roads locally were closed as crowds turned out for the unveiling. Fundraising was spearheaded by the Jimmy Johnstone Memorial Committee and Celtic and Rangers fans contributed. Celtic legend Jinky - a member of Jock Stein's Lisbon Lions squad who won the European Cup in 1967 - died in 2006 after battling Motor Neurone Disease. Above picture shows the bronze statue in situ in the memorial garden, Old Edinburgh Road, Viewpark, Glasgow. The garden was created by generous donations of time, money and materials from Celtic fans, Rangers fans, private individuals and well know companies, a fitting tribute to a remarkable much admired football player.

Below the former team mates unveil the statue with Johnstones family and the Johnstone statue at the A4A studio foundry in Ayrshire, bronze surface after bead blasting ready for patina colouring.