Dubbed by the press 'father of the nation', Donald Dewar reinstated the Scottish Parliament. He became First Minister in May 1999 and presided over the official opening in July that year. A private man, he had told journalists that his perfect Christmas would be spent alone "with an oven-ready meal and a stack of books". As if commenting on this vision, the sculptor, Archibald Forrest, has balanced Dewar's head on a pile of books. Mostly by Ruskin, they also make reference to Dewar's interest in art. He was particularly fond of the work of the Scottish Colourists.