A newly erected sculpture of a “hoodie” in Montrose, Scotland, has
provoked an antisocial response from some residents who hit out at
Angus Council for spending £1,500 on commissioning the bronze
Artist Des Smith won a competition for “Nike”, which depicts a girl
in a hooded top and baggy trousers.
While Smith said he aimed to provoke discussion on “the problem of
youth”, one amateur historian begged to differ.
“Even a statue of a Forfar bridie [meat pasty] would be a better
idea of an icon of the area,” he said, while another resident
accused the artist of “glorifying ned culture”, “ned” being
Scottish slang for delinquent youths.