Looking At Edinburgh

3 November 2008

Eduardo Paolozzi’s lairge fit

the large bronze foot at the top of the Walk

Eduardo Paolozzi was born in Leith in 1924, was interned in Saughton Prison for three months from June 1940 (his parents were Italian citizens), went to Edinburgh College of Art in 1943, and studied at the Slade School in London. He was awarded an honorary degree by Edinburgh University in February 2005, and died in April that year.

This foot is one third of The Manuscript of Monte Casino, placed on the wide pavement at the top of Leith Walk, outside St Mary’s Cathedral: it’s been there since about 1990. You can, if you’re that way inclined, use the blocks at the side of the foot to climb to the top, and then slide down all the way to the toes.

This photo is available on Redbubble: Bronze Foot.

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