I’ve had a manic couple of months working on a few projects at once and when you are caught up in things it can be difficult to keep up with your blog. Things have just calmed down a bit which allows me to catch up and fire out blog blog posts in no time!
The mural for the Edinburgh Meadows is a project which I have been working on in collaboration with writer Rachel Woolf and which was was commissioned by The Friends of the Meadows and Bruntsfield Links (FOMBL) and funded through a South Central Neighbourhood Partnership Grant, Scottish Power and the Edinburgh Evening News.
In an earlier blog post I showed some images of the work in progress, now I would like to present all papercut designs that were printed onto weatherproof vinyl and installed in 5 large wooden frames. The words and illustrations reflect on and celebrate the history of the Meadows and feature some of the characters who have contributed to what the place is today. Among other things you will be able to spot Victorian remainders which are scattered across the Meadows, a representative of the Royal Company of Archers, a Shetland knitting lady and many more… and did you know there was a time where sheep used to graze on the Meadows? Some of the names of the Meadows walks, such as ‘Boys Brigade Walk’ and ‘Jawbone Walk’ were incorporated into the poem by Rachel in a hopping rhyme manner. She also very fittingly introduced and finished off the piece with extracts from Muriel Spark’s ‘The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie’ and Robert Burns’ ‘O Wert Thou in the Cauld Blast’. Although referencing a lot of history Rachel and myself wanted to make sure that the whole piece is kept rather timeless, resulting in what we were hoping would be a somewhat quirky and surreal collage of times, characters and objects.
To find out more about Edinburgh’s much-loved green space’s history and how it was woven into words and illustrations visit the website of the Friends of the Meadows and Bruntsfield Links (FOMBL).