Public Art: Castle Rock Edinvar

Art students brighten up Edinburgh

Castle Rock Edinvar pillars in CowgateStudents from Edinburgh College of Art have been working with Castle Rock Edinvar, and Places for People Scotland Care and Support service users to add some light and colour to the Cowgate area of Edinburgh.

Two third-year graphic design students have been working with users of the Horizon project to transform drab pillars into multi-coloured installations that seep colour onto the pavement. The art project combines quotes about Horizon users’ experiences with multi-coloured tendrils that wrap around columns outside the Horizon drop-in centre.

The horizons project helps young people aged 15-25 who have a history of care, homelessness or mental health issues to build life skills and confidence. The columns are the first stage of a wider initiative that will see five vandalism hotspots across Castle Rock Edinvar sites transformed with new artwork. It is hoped the new art will prevent vandalism and save money which can be then be used for the benefit of local communities.

Shelley Hutton, business support manager, policy and performance, said: “Initiatives such as the art project are a great way to both improve the environment of our properties as well as support the young people of the Horizons project to grow in confidence.

“What’s more, the money we hope to save from tackling vandalism and anti-social behaviour can be redirected to our local communities, helping us to create successful and sustainable neighbourhoods.”


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