A team of mostly Leith based artists have revealed their final design for a new mural on Halmyre Street.
The mural, coordinated by local art project, Leith Late, takes a nautical theme, and features the SS Explorer, the last steam ship to be registered in Leith and now one of the last surviving steam powered trawlers in the world.
The ship operated for much of its life as a fishery research ship in the North Sea and is now being painstakingly restored in Leith Docks by volunteers with the SS Explorer Preservation Society – one of whom took the photo above at the mural launch party.
An anonymous fixmystreet.com report from a local resident, highlighted on this blog in September 2012, provided the impetus for the project.
The still unidentified local resident proposed that a new mural be painted on the wall, as it had become blighted by poor quality graffiti.
Leith Late then went on to raise the £7500 needed to cover the costs of the project, with a £5000 grant provided by The City of Edinburgh Council.
Smaller amounts were provided by the Port of Leith Housing Association and Scotmid among others, whilst Keyline Building and Johnstone’s Paint also donated supplies. The hard working artists were treated to free food from La Favorita and Punjabi Junction too as they worked.
The artists involved, Fraser Gray, Skint Richie, Rabiya Choudhry, Martin McGuinness and DUFI, will go on to run a series of art workshops with local young people once they’ve finished putting the final touches to the mural.
The mural seems to have won unanimous praise from the public. However, it remains a mystery what the person who first proposed the idea makes of the finished product…
Here’s a round up of how the mural developed and what people have said about it:
How the Leith Late Mural project evolved and what Leithers thought of it…