{To wander} Edinburgh, Part 4

To truly escape a while, I recommend a wander down The Water of Leith, from The Gallery of Modern Art to the pretty and historical Dean Village.

The free bird leaps

on the back of the wind

and floats downstream

till the current ends

and dips his wings

in the orange sun rays

and dares to claim the sky.

Maya Angelou

With bridges and statues, the calming running water and canopy of trees, it's easy to forget that you are in a city.

"The power provided by the rapid flow of the river was harnessed to drive waterwheels in mills at over 70 sites along the river, establishing a string of villages. The mills produced a variety of goods for Edinburgh and further afield including, paper, flour, woollen and linen cloths, spices and snuff." - Source

Home to many of the workers employed by the mills along the river in the 1800s, Dean Village really is a delightful step back in time.

Up the river from Dean Village is the gorgeous Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. There are two buildings, Modern One and Modern Two. The water feature in front of Modern One is incredible. Landscaped in 2002 with a design by Charles Jencks, the curves and variations in height make for a unique experience so I suggest walking around it and taking some photos.

Inside you will see a giant, robotic like sculpture beautifully dominating the room, by Eduardo Paolozzi.

The façade of Modern One houses Martin’s Creed’s work No. 975, "Everything’s Going to be Alright." The neon lighting contrast so perfectly with the classic building.

One of Scotland’s modern masters, Eduardo Paolozzi, is honoured in numerous ways in the gallery. Below is a recreation of his studio with actual pieces from the artist himself, to show his process and technique.

He had an enthusiastic and encyclopaedic variety of interests in the world and refelected this by frequently changing the media and styles in which he worked. The studio is divided into areas for different types of activity: desks for reading and working with paper, shelves of reference books, a large central table for modelling, and working with plaster casts, and a bunk for resting. - Source

Glasgow born, Nathan Coley, created the piece in front of Modern Two, "There will be no miracles here".

Below is a small taste of Stockbridge, a popular area amongst locals in the Burgh. I will head back soon to capture its quirky, classy charm in more detail. Over and out from a sunny Scotland. :)

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