Museum head-hunting artist’s work

MONTROSE Museum is appealing for local people to check their gardens for hidden works of art in preparation for a new exhibition.

The exhibit will feature the life and work of Adam Christie, a native of Shetland who was resident at Sunnyside Hospital during the first 50 years of the 20th century.

Although few people will now recall him personally, he is still remembered through his stone sculptured heads which decorate many a garden in Hillside and Montrose.

These works, commonly made of sandstone rescued during the demolition of the Old Suspension Bridge in 1928, are very distinctive in their style. Many are self-portraits or characters from the Bible, and all 200 of them were fashioned using home-made tools such as files, six inch nails and sharp fragments of glass.

Anyone who think they might have an undiscovered Adam Christie head in, or any other examples of his artwork, can contact museum staff on 01674 673232 while digital images can be e-mailed to

The closing date for the appeal, and for your ‘head’ to be considered for inclusion in the summer exhibition, is Saturday, April 16