A LARGE relief sculpture marking the link between Aberdeen and the Spanish Civil War is just one of the pieces on show at a city festival.

Unearth, by Portuguese street artist Vhils, is part of the Nuart Aberdeen. Vhils, whose real name is Alexandre Farto, is one of 13 international artists taking to the walls of the Granite City.

His piece, overlooking a city centre car park, references Aberdonians who fought in the Spanish Civil War.

Nineteen men made the 1600-mile journey to Spain to join the International Brigades against Francisco Franco’s side.

Five of them were killed in battle.

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Farto spent months researching his piece before taking three days to carve it into the building.

“The story says to me that when we get together we can fight for a better future,” he said.

The piece is taken from a photograph of Aberdonian fighter John Londragan with American brigadier Peter Frye.

Artwork will also be created by 16 senior citizens from Aberdeen, the oldest of whom is 82.

The event is organised by Aberdeen Inspired and the city council and will run until Sunday.