The run this Sunday was a bit different. Everyone met up at the Dean Gallery on Belford Road and the aim was to follow the 6 Times Statues trail on the Water of Leith. 6 Times is a landmark sculptural project by celebrated British artist Antony Gormley. The work consists of six life-sized figures positioned between the grounds of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and the sea.
The first figure is located in the grounds of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, buried in the ground up to its chest. The next four figures are sited in the Water of Leith itself, acting as gauges for the height of the river as it swells and recedes. The first of these appears within a basin of the river immediately behind the Gallery, gazing into the water below, and a further three figures are sited at separate points downstream in Stockbridge, Powderhall and Bonnington. The final figure is at the end of an abandoned pier in Leith Docks, looking out to the point where the river course finally meets the sea. Details of the trail, statues and their location can be found at this link – 6 Times Statues.
While Saturday’s route and photo recce were carried out in good sunny weather, come the day, it was precipitating it down! Very heavy as brave (or daft) ERNs made their way there but it cleared to a light drizzle by the end. 9 turned up; Heather Giovanni, Jennifer, Jo Blonde, Gillian White, Karen, Mike, Alan, George and Murdo. Lovely run even if it was weather best suited to ducks. Most retired to the excellent Dean Gallery cafe afterwards – their cinnamon cupcakes with plum icing were particularly nice although George’s cheese scone won the film-set award for sheer size.
Unfortunately she wasn’t able to attend but many thanks to Heather Jones for suggesting the route.
A link to the MapMyRun Route for the above run: 10 Mile Gormley Statues Run in case you fancy running it sometime.
Some photos: (Sunny = Saturday, dreich = Sunday)