Recently we asked you to share your views on the Kirkgate “tusk,” and 154 votes later, it would seem that there’s a fairly clear majority in favour of removing the sculpture. 76% of you voted to get rid of the tusk.
Here’s some of the comments people have made so far:
Duncan: “Charitably Chas called a ‘tusk’ but more resembling a rusty needle, given the longstanding importance of the kirkgate to trade, and its once key use as a corridor taking you to the river – could we at least have something that at reflects an element of local culture and history? How about a Leith quality framework to stop developers ploping rubbish (and rubbish art) in our public realm?”
Lindsay Dunbar: “It [The tusk] should go; it’s ugly. Put some greenery in instead , plants and tress would be welcome.”
Michael Dawson: “Take it [The tusk] down, it is indeed ugly and if it is there to commemorate whaling it is a monument to barbarity. Creative ‘greening’ needed.”
Graham Whyte: “Why not return the Anchor from Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre? That would be a great idea.”
David Igoe: “I don’t mind the tusk. The Kirkgate itself is incredibly bleak and needs fresh ideas and some cash spent on it.”
Syuzen Buckley: “Keep the tusk. Get rid of Queen Victoria. What did she ever do for Leith?”
Subsequently, council officials have launched a wider consultation on the proposals, which includes the indicative design proposals for the area. They’ve got an online consultation running, in which you can share your views about the whole proposal.