Within the last few weeks Edinburgh’s street art scene took another leap in the correct direction with the agreement to stage a legal wall on New Street in the city’s Old Town. The wall, stretching almost the entire length of the street, is due to remain until January with a view to an extension thereafter.
The initiative is a partnership between the site’s owner, Artisan Real Estate Investors, and various local arts and community groups such as the Old Town Community Council, urban art collective, The Too Much Fun Club and Spectrum Art Edinburgh.
Julie Logan, the chair of the Old Town Community Council, was instrumental in bringing the project to fruition and is excited to see the area revitalised.
She said: “For many years this area was a hub for creative types and artists, until it was blighted by the Caltongate development, so it’s nice to see a touch of that spirit returning.
“These guys are very talented and the work they have already carried out has really helped to brighten up the area.”
The wall is expected the be split into two, with the bottom section near the Calton Road railway bridge to be a free for all, with panels closer to the Canongate used for artist invites. Although, upon arriving there last night the invited artists will do well to keep their work up for more than a few days, such is the popularity of the spot amongst the city’s artists.
Here’s a taste of the wall so far, including notable work by Glasgow’s Conzo, and Edinburgh’s TrenchOne. Really like the ‘Verge’ piece too…UKB