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Scotsman Steps refurbishment completes

June 23 2011

Scotsman Steps refurbishment completes
Artist Martin Creed has completed a design led refurbishment of Edinburgh’s Scotsman Steps, in a bid to make a more appealing environment for pedestrians.

104 different varieties of marble were used for the twisting spiral stair, ensuring that no two risers are the same, whilst a specially commissioned piece of art (also designed by Creed), adorns the wall.

The £250k makeover of the B listed stairwell has seen windows re-glazed, new lighting and handrails installed whilst retaining period architectural details.

Creed’s work was bankrolled by Edinburgh City Council and Edinburgh World Heritage and overseen by architect Chris Bowes..

Adam Wilkinson, director of Edinburgh World Heritage, said: "The city can now be truly proud of the Scotsman Steps, which are now worth seeing in their own right, as well as being a handy shortcut.

"The project has brought together the flair of Martin Creed and the traditional skills of stonemasons, in the process transforming the steps and adding a bit of delight and discovery. Steps such as these need careful treatment to make them safe and attractive."

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