Gruinaird

Gruinaird

Sculptor, George Wyllie at the re-opening of Gruiniard Island.

During the Second World War, the government tested biological weapons on this island, rendering it deadly infectious with Anthrax.

The man defiantly wrestling the sign to the ground in the background is Michael Nubert, then Tory Under-Secretary of State for Defence Procurement, who came to the island on April 24th, 1990 to announce its safety after 48 years of quarantine. 

Although the world’s press was there at the invitation of the government to witness this historical event, George hijacked the proceedings.

He erected a spire in the centre of the island to celebrate ‘the air, the sea, the stone and the equilibrium of understanding’. Then, from a large bottle of whisky, he poured drams for the media, while a very wet and bemused Tory Minister looked on from the seashore.

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