This flock of bronze pigeons
was installed on the pavement at Elm Row, at the junction of Leith Walk
and London Road in August 1996
The birds, each weighing 20lb were made at Powderhall Bronze foundry.
The sculptor was Shona Kinloch.
The flock consists of 8 pigeons but unfortunately, despite being fixed
to the pavement, there have been occasions when one or more has been
removed and new pigeons have had to be cast to replace them.
There have been several instances of the bronze pigeons being stolen or
damaged in recent years.
However, people working nearby
and passers-by were surprised, on December 19, 2006, to find better news.
A 'good Samaritan' had visited the pigeons overnight and dressed them in
winter coats made from white blankets.
A photograph of the pigeons in their winter coats appeared in the
Edinburgh Evening News on December 19, 2006. A few hours
later, the winter coats had mysteriously vanished.
Edinburgh Evening News: Article with photo December
19, 2006, p.3 AND December 23, 2006, p.13