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They are back - the Antony Gormley 6 Times Statues have returned 

Work is now complete to reinstall Turner Prize-winning artist Antony Gormley’s (b. 1950) 6 TIMES along the Water of Leith in Edinburgh. This multi-part sculptural project was originally installed in 2010, and having resolved the complications leading to the removal of four elements of the work installed in the Water of Leith itself,  these sculptures are now back in their original locations.
Commissioned by the National Galleries of Scotland, 6 TIMES consists of six life-sized figures positioned between the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (SNGMA) and the sea. Four of the figures are sited in the Water of Leith itself, acting as gauges for the height of the river as it swells and recedes. This enigmatic, provocative and stimulating work conveys a sense of mystery and quiet monumentality, and draws attention to the important natural environment of the Water of Leith, which runs through the heart of Edinburgh.
The first figure is located within the grounds of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. Although a full-length cast, it is buried in the ground up to neck-level. The next figure will be reinstalled within a basin of the river immediately behind the gallery, where it will gaze down into the water in a contemplative pose. A further three figures will be reinstalled at separate points downstream in Stockbridge, Powderhall and Bonnington, looking progressively up, right and left. The final figure, situated at the end of an abandoned pier in Leith Docks, looks out to the point where the river course finally meets the sea.
The National Galleries of Scotland (NGS) has worked closely with the City of Edinburgh Council to resolve the issues relating to the removal of elements of 6 TIMES in 2012, and has received permission to reinstall the four sculptures at Cauldron Weir, Stockbridge, Powderhall and Bonnington. Modifications have been made to the fixings so that the sculptures are now permanently fixed to their mounts. The original design
allowed them to tilt and submerge when the river flow reached certain levels. Work will be undertaken by Caldive Ltd., expert marine contractors, and is due to be completed by early Summer 2019.
A number of stakeholders have been consulted during the re-installation process including: Scottish Natural Heritage, Scottish Environmental Protection Agency, Local Wildlife Crime Officers, City of Edinburgh Council, The Honorary Water Bailiffs of the Water of Leith and the Water of Leith Conservation Trust to ensure that works will be undertaken with as little disruption to the environment as possible.
The reinstallation of 6 TIMES was made possible by ananonymous supporter who recognises the Work’s importance to the city of Edinburgh. The National Galleries of Scotland will cover costs associated with
conservation and debris maintenance.
Antony Gormley said: “It was a privilege to make these works for Edinburgh and now they are coming back to stay — I’m delighted.”
Simon Groom, Director of Modern and Contemporary Art at the National Galleries of Scotland said: “We are thrilled to announce the reinstallation of Antony Gormley’s 6 TIMES, which captured the imagination of so many locals and visitors alike when it was first installed in 2010. We are extremely grateful to Antony,his studio, Edinburgh City Council and everyone else who has played such an active part in ensuring the success of the project. This is a meditative and reflective work, which brings art out into the wider community along Edinburgh’s beautiful Water of Leith.”

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ITS OPEN - the Bonnington section of the Walkway that is 

Almost 2 year later we have our walkway back - the path is still narrowed by a section of wall still to be clad but its open!!!

Also the section downstream of the this around the housing estate is open too - but this is not yet open to join up with the path to Leith so you will still have to zig zag around West Bowling Green St but there is a light at the end of the tunnel and soon this section will be accessible and ready for walkers / cyclists.


The Spring Clean-up is complete as the final groups tidy Stockbridge and Dean Village

The weather forecast was dreadful for Sundays double clean-up in Stockbridge and Dean Village. But it proved to be a lovely day. 40 folk joined us in Stockbridge in the morning which was not that bad litter wise (which is a good thing) so we were able to begin pulling Himalayan Balsam and trimming path edge vegetation. Thank you to the Community Council and Colonies Residence Association for their help drumming up local support.

Peter and Daruis are pictured next to the big heap of cuttings and litter - the chair almost came back to the office but we were not sure the odour could be masked.

Then in the afternoon we headed up to the Dean Village where another 25 adults and children joined us for a quick clean-up and tidy of the Village. Thank you to The Dean Village Association for all you work on Sunday. 

In all since the launch on 31st March we have completed 12 clean-up along the the river from Balerno to Leith - We hope it will stay nice for the summer and not too much more litter is dropped. 

Initial impressions are that this year was our lightest litter year so maybe the message is getting though or perhaps it the work all year round


It is all go at Gorgie Weir as the Micro-Hydro works gets underway

There is a short path diversion around the works site and the main signage through Saughton Park will direct you up the main path though the park - which is now OPEN!! Update of the opening ceremony on the next blog