John Muir Statue
Artist: Valentin Ivanovich Znoba
Location: the Townhouse
A romanticized Peter Pan-like statue of world famous conservationist John Muir born in Dunbar 1838, then emigrated to the USA in 1849. Muir became a naturalist and founded the National Parks in the States, beginning with Yosemite, California. Further details from John Muir’s Birthplace museum, 128 High Street. In October 1997, the bronze statue was unveiled by Magnus Magnusson, inquisitor of the television quiz Mastermind.
Sculptor Valentin Znoba (1929-2006)was born in the Ukraine. Studied at Ukraine Institute of Fine Art between 1947 and 1953. Participated in many exhibitions in Europe, the UK and elsewhere. Between 1995 and 1997, Znoba executed several other works in Scotland, notably Freedom – a bronze of Sir William Wallace astride a rearing horse now in the possession of Abertay University, Dundee
Want to know more about John Muir you can pop along to the John Muir Museum in his birthplace, where you can learn about his journey from his childhood in Dunbar to becoming one of the greatest conservationist in American history.