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Edinburgh, Saltire Square, Going To The Beach

Sculpture (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Edinburgh, Saltire Square, Going To The Beach

Classification Sculpture (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 302213

Site Number NT27NW 593

NGR NT 22947 77150

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


Ordnance Survey licence number AC0000807262. All rights reserved.
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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


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 (6 November 2006)

Family group in bronze, consisting of a mother in a summer dress holding a baby in her arms, with a satchel (containing a flask and her sandals) slung over her left shoulder; the father, walking on her right, is turning towards her, his right hand touching her shoulder and the baby's left elbow. The father wears a sleeveless pullover and open-necked shirt, and has his trousers rolled up to below his knees. In his left hand he carries his shoes, socks and cap. The baby faces its mother and reaches up to touch her upturned chin. A boy in shorts and singlet runs in front of his father, carrying a model yacht towards his right side. (The yacht has KY04 in raised letters on its right prow). A mongrel dog with a curling tail runs in front of the mother, its left paw toying with a football.

All the figures are above lifesize, tall and slender, with a wholesome 1950s look. Each figure is on a separate flat rectangular base set into the paving.

Inspected By : T.S.

Inscriptions : On bronze plate attached to base of female figure (incised letters):

"Going to the Beach" / Vincent F Butler R.S.A., R.G.I., Sculptor / Cast by Powderhall Bronze

Signatures : On 'label' on outside of satchel (raised letters): POWDERHALL BRONZE

Information from Public Monuments and Sculpture Association (PMSA Work Ref : EDIN0948)


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