Industry in Leith
This mural was painted on the gable end of a building in North
Junction Street by Street Artworks in Oct-Dec 1986, based
on material gathered from members of the Leith Local history
Project during workshops run throughout 1985.
Street Artworks was a partnership between Tim
Chalk and Paul Grime. They later set up in partnership
trading as Chalk & Grime
The colours of this mural can appear quite different from day
to day, depending on the weather conditions. Rarely, if
ever, does it look quite as vibrant as in Photos 1,2 and 3 above.
On the ground in front of this mural, beside Leith Public
Library, Shaeron Averbuch created the sculpture, Cavorting Sailors,
in 2002. The sculpture had three life-size figures made from
ferro-cement and some real whisky barrels:
- a sailor reclining on a wall, holding a whisky bottle.
- a sailor on the pavement, reading an old sea chart.
- a sailor rolling out a barrel.
sculpture soon suffered from vandalism and within three years
little was left of it. I believe it has all vanished now.
Here are more links to photos of the
Peter Stubbs: March 15, 2012