School children brighten up Edinburgh Promenade

Artwork designed by local children is being installed today by the City of Edinburgh Council (Tuesday, 26 June) on the Granton stretch of the Edinburgh Promenade.

The Rubbings Trail is a pilot and aims to provide a fun activity for everyone using the walkway to enjoy.

It hopes to draw people along the walkway to collect three themed bronze plaques based on the history and heritage of Granton. It is proposed that the collection is extended to run along the full length of the promenade in the future.

The plaques were designed by Jason Bateman, Erinn Tyler and Alexander Trainer from the primary four class of Pirniehall Primary School and include a shoal of fish; an oyster catcher; and boats and a seal at Granton Harbour.

Local artist Kate Ive, winner of the British Medal Society's 'New Medallist Scheme' 2011/12, translated the original designs into bronze.

Cllr Tom Buchanan, Convener of the Economic Development Committee, said: "The Council is committed to delivering a high quality Promenade between Cramond and Joppa.

"Over the last five years, in excess of £400,000 has been invested completing the section between Cramond and Granton. The Rubbings Trail is a fantastic addition to this stretch of the Promenade, which is now being heavily used by walkers, cyclists and visitors. 

I look forward to many thousands of people each year enjoying this new artwork produced by our talented school children alongside the excellent views to Fife."

The Edinburgh Promenade runs for 17km and stretches from Cramond in the west to Joppa in the East. As well as forming part of the Scottish Coastal Path it is also part of the North Sea Trail.

The Promenade is a vital part of the waterfront regeneration and has the support of a wide range of stakeholders.

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