The new artwork, a portrait and celebration of another Leith artist Eduardo Paolozzi, is a truly inspired transformation of a neglected eye-sore shop front.
It’s a brilliant addition to the growing panopoly of Leith Late artworks, although whether the work ‘imortalises’ Poalozzi as claimed by The Scotsman, is debatable.
The unintentionally sad side effect of making long-derelict shop units more appealing, is that all of a sudden, letting agents decide there’s a chance the shop could be bought back into use* and attach garish signage all over the very artwork that makes the shop more attractive in the first place.
Yes, Edinburgh Commercial Property, this is about you, and what you’ve done to the Guido van Helten artwork on Leith Walk.
*Of course it would be a good thing if any derelict shop is bought back into use, but are those signs really necessary?
You can read more about street art in Leith, in this excellent round up on Edinburgh Spotlight.