Three cheers for this recently restored (end of 2012) and mightily magnificent frontage of Poundsavers on Nicolson st…
It used to have a really ugly wooden hoarding hiding all this beauty, but they got a world heritage grant and down came the hoarding to reveal most of the original frontage in tact or at least salvageable. Originally it was the purpose built (1899) McIntyre’s Drapery Stores…McIntyre & Co were ‘Warehousemen and Costumiers of ladies’ dress’…how marvellous…wish they still were.
Turns out that the shop front itself is at least 50 years older than the rest of the building and was actually part of the original Georgian tenement (flats with shops below) which was on the site before the new shop was built in 1899. Exciting stuff and makes you wonder what else is out there hiding behind chipboard hoardings…If you want to know more, there is an article about it all in the Edinburgh World Heritage site…Oh and lest we forget how it used to look, here is a photo i found on the site scotsman.com:
If you walk along the Edinburgh seafront from Portobello towards Cramond, you will come across this…hmmm who thought that was a good idea??? Am a big fan of austere and brutalist architecture, but this does not scream “come inside for scones” to me…open on weekends folks…
…and on the other scale of the spectrum, this rather fabulous building (Victorian am thinking?), an old hotel by Queensferry rd has been saved from destruction whilst all around it is raised to the ground…
folk art towards Cramond, i guess it’s a form of vandalism but i kind of like it:
HUGELY excited…whilst walking across the Forth Road Bridge…pictured below…
…spotted this creature swimming in the murky waters of the Firth of Forth (well my eagle eyed pal spotted it first, to be accurate), never seen one in this area before. It was small, dark and on it’s own…wondered if it was a harbour porpoise??
From the bridge its quite a distance looking down, but you could tell the creature was small, and also much darker (almost black) than it appears in my photos…dolphin or porpoise…does anyone know?
“the next stop(motion) is north Queensferry” (16 seconds)
…I know i have banged on about this before but it’s sooooooo beautiful, i think the Forth Rail Bridge is the most wondrous and romantic of structures…anyway, you take the train to North Queensferry, walk up the hill a wee bit, walk down some stairs, and walk across the Forth Road Bridge and you get to look at it all over again!
In Andrha Pradesh again running creative labs for children & young people since 2009, click on image for more...
MVP COLOMBIAN PROJECT
MVP was in Medellin, Colombia in Aug/Sept 2011 co-running a video work for teenage girls in the district of Moravia
MVP REQUESTED PORTRAITS WEB SITE, CLICK ON IMAGE
recent project: UNIDEE 2012
MVP is the collaborating artist on staff for UNIDEE international artists residency programme in Biella, northern Italy. Helping to develop residents art projects' authoring the official blog for UNIDEE 2012 and coordinating the final open studio day in October: click on photo for more
current busiest posts/pages
a work by mvp screened in the solar pavilion, st andrews square gdns, edinburgh, evening of 3rd sept, 2011
project: mvp was part of editorial team for the “methods processes of change workshop” in Biella