THE legacy of a key Scot from history, John Muir, has been immortalised through a five-metre high steel bear sculpture.

Renowned Scottish artist Andy Scott - the man behind the Kelpies and a number of other popular sculptures - created the piece, which sits off the A1 close to the Spott Roundabout in Dunbar. 

Muir, born in Dunbar in 1838, played a key role in the development of America's national parks. 

After emigrating from Scotland in 1849 he petitioned the US Congress for the National Park bill, which helped establish Yosemite National Park. 

The bear sculpture aims to symbolise Muir's travels through the wild west and his environmental advocacy. 

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The event was marked by a reception comprising local dignitaries and school children from Dunbar Primary at the site, with Mrs Brenda McNeil from Hallhill Developments unveiling a plaque on the sculpture to mark the event.

A competition will now be undertaken with local schools to give the bear a name.

Commenting on the erection of the sculpture, Scott said: “It is fantastic to see this sculpture finally being erected as part of the Hallhill development, especially in memory of such an influential character as John Muir, which is particularly apt given today's focus on the environment.

"This bear sculpture will provide an opportunity to enlighten people about the man and his work. It is a symbol of the wilderness John Muir was such a passionate advocate of and is testament to his incredible desire to protect the natural environment."