The public toilets at the top of the meadows, on the Bruntsfield Links, are stuck in a cycle of getting tagged by graffiti artists, the council covering up any obscenities, and the graffiti reappearing several days later. Not only is this an eyesore for the community, and a silly waste of paint, it is a wasted opportunity for this 'canvas', which gets seen by hundreds of passers by and tourists each day. The mural, designed by Chris Rutterford, as a response to community ideas and feedback, will feature scenes of leisure, sport, togetherness, diversity, and community spirit, and captures Edinburgh scenery and lifestyle - the Castle and Arthur's seat, local cafes and restaurants, and local wildlife and nature.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
This mural is not alone in the city - it will form part of a larger series, helping create an 'Edinburgh mural walk'. It will also feature a swift, as part of the RSPB Swift Conservation project: they are creating a cycle path of Swift images, nests, and conservation and education opportunities. We believe that the mural will support local businesses, by bringing an attraction and footfall to the area, support young artists in four local high schools by giving them an opportunity to work with a professional, and create a sense of achievement and togetherness - it is a grassroots community-ran project that celebrates the best parts of living in Edinburgh. After lockdown, this is something that I am sure we can all get behind!
Steps to get it done:
This project is in collaboration with Chris Rutterford, the muralist behind the 140m-long Colinton Tunnel (http://www.colintontunnel.org.uk), Edinburgh City Council (parks), the RSPB, members of the community though their ideas and suggestions at each design phase, and senior art pupils at four local high schools in the area, who will get the opportunity to work with Chris to paint the wooden boards that will form the majority of the detail in the mural.
About the space
Bruntsfield Links Public Toilets