The Scotsman Steps

We spent a wonderful three weeks back in Blighty over Christmas and New Year – from London to Okehampton to Edinburgh to Newton Stewart and Glasgow for the day – visiting our family and friends. Managed to fit in some shows at The Fruitmarket Gallery, Scottish Gallery of Modern Art, The Dean Gallery, CCA, TATE Modern, Gagosian and Seventeen Gallery but my favorite experience was Martin Creed’s Work No. 1059 at the Scotsman Steps in Edinburgh. The hundred or so steps were each made from a different piece of marble sourced from all over the world. Believe me quite a transformation as they used to be horribly dank and dingy. Historically the steps connected the medieval Old Town to the 18th century New Town and acted as a road. Work No. 1059 is a monument befitting Edinburgh’s craggy majesty.