A sculpture can be seen seen on the left of
photo 2 above. It is 'Axis Mundi' - a 35 ft
high sculpture with five bronze virgins atop a granite-clad obelisk
- by sculptor Gerald Laing, born in Newcastle, 1936.
Gerald Laing's other work includes a
''Freeze of The Wise and Foolish Virgins' (1979) commissioned
for their offices at 1 George Street.
Axis Mundi Moved
'Axis Mundi' was installed outside the main entrance to
Standard Life's Administration Offices at Tanfield in 1990.
2007, following the sale of Tanfield House by Standard Life, there
were plans to move the sculpture to outside the front door of
Standard Life's Head Office at 30 Lothian Road, at the junction of
the Western Approach Road. However Council officials expressed fears
that drunks might clamber up it, if it was sited there.
[Scotsman, July 26, 2007]
So, instead, it was moved to a a quieter site - the Perth
Street entrance to Standard Life's Dundas House offices at