The story behind the powerful Oor Wullie mural in Dundee Hilltown

People in Dundee have been touched by the powerful Oor Wullie mural that appeared in the Hilltown area following the city’s recent street art event. 

The mural was painted by Dundee artist Paul Adam, known as Sapien, and collaborator Gary Mackay.

The mural aims to raise awareness of mental health issues by taking the iconic cartoon character and presenting him with his bucket of his head.

The image symbolically represents the notion that even those who appear happy can be suffering in silence.

This powerful street art has appeared in the Hilltown area of DundeeThe graffiti shows the famous Oor Wullie wearing…

Posted by SeeDundee on Monday, 19 August 2019

Gary said: “I thought with the big bucket trail that is happening across Scotland, the Oor Wullie theme would be relevant.

“We wanted to do something that was a wee bit more edgy, though.

“I work with a lot of people who have mental health and addiction issues.

“It’s very relevant given everything that is happening in Dundee and across Scotland.”

Many people have been stunned by the latest mural.

Have you seen it yet?

Claire Merten