Here’s a piece I’ve put together on the Collective Gallery’s imminent move to Edinburgh’s City Observatory..
“From the southeast corner of Gayfield Square one can see Leith Walk’s curved avenues wending up to the bunched, silhouetted figures backlit on Calton Hill. During daylight they snake along the elevation, an assemblage of dark stoned historical structures as backdrop. This contour-cropped appreciation of the Acropolis (Lite) National Monument is, from this viewpoint point at least, mistakable for an unfinished motorway fly-over, with vista hunting lemmings perched perilously close to its edge. A rather morbid real time treasuring of the Athenian-nodding folly then, the pillars – having been designed by the New Town architectural demigod W H Playfair in the 19th century as a memorial to those fallen in the Napoleonic Wars – left starkly incomplete.”