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Edinburgh, 4 East Market Street, Waverley Court, City Of Edinburgh Council Headquarters

Office (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Edinburgh, 4 East Market Street, Waverley Court, City Of Edinburgh Council Headquarters

Classification Office (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Market Street; Edinburgh City Council Offices (New)

Canmore ID 292732

Site Number NT27SE 5972

NGR NT 26190 73835

NGR Description Centred NT 26190 73835

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Edinburgh, City Of
  • Parish Edinburgh (Edinburgh, City Of)
  • Former Region Lothian
  • Former District City Of Edinburgh
  • Former County Midlothian

Architecture Notes

NT27SE 5972 centred 26190 73835

New Edinburgh City Council Offices built on the site of Wavelrey Station goods yard (NT27SE 221). Completed 2006-2007.


Project (1997)

The Public Monuments and Sculpture Association ( set up a National Recording Project in 1997 with the aim of making a survey of public monuments and sculpture in Britain ranging from medieval monuments to the most contemporary works. Information from the Edinburgh project was added to the RCAHMS database in October 2010 and again in 2012.

The PMSA (Public Monuments and Sculpture Association) Edinburgh Sculpture Project has been supported by Eastern Photocolour, Edinburgh College of Art, the Edinburgh World Heritage Trust, Historic Scotland, the Hope Scott Trust, The Old Edinburgh Club, the Pilgrim Trust, the RCAHMS, and the Scottish Archive Network.

Field Visit (17 May 2007)

Over-lifesize figure of a red-haired man standing on top of a high steel scaffolding-like tower, with his back to the main entrance to the City of Edinburgh Council headquarters. The man wears a white shirt and black trousers, his left hand is on his hip and his right hand is by his side. The surface of the sculpture is quite rough and loose, recalling the clay original.

Stephan Balkenhol's sculpture was selected from a short-list of proposals by Scottish and international artists who were invited to create a work that was site-specific and was designed to reflect the city of Edinburgh's advertising motto, 'Edinburgh - Inspiring Capital'. It represents the spirit of mankind and, according to the City of Edinburgh Council's press release, 'celebrates the building and its democratic function'. (1)

Inscriptions : None Visible

Signatures : None Visible

Design period : 2006-2007

Year of unveiling : 2007

Unveiling details : Unveiled 12 March 2007

Information from Public Monuments and Sculpture Association (PMSA Work Ref : EDIN1549)


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