London Road sculptures

When I’m heading to the football at Easter Road, I tend to walk along London Road on the way. London Road is a tree-lined boulevard for much of the route with suitably imposing 19th century buildings on one side too. In the curve is a sculpture by Eduardo Paolozzi, The Manuscript Of Monte Cassino, in three parts across the grass. They normally sit outside St. Mary’s RC Cathedral up the road in Picardy Place but have been moved due to building works. I actually like them better in London Road. The sculpture is bronze with stones from the old Leith Central Station. Paolozzi’s father and grandfather were arrested during World War II and sent to Canada, their ship sunk by a torpedo off the Irish coast. The sculpture deals not only with religion (Monte Cassino is an abbey in Italy) but also the traveller (as shown by the foot) and acting as a memorial to those lost on the Arandora Star. I didn’t know the story until I re-read the information board just now. I looked at the sculpture and snapped photos on a warm night recently without being aware of its context. I like Paolozzi’s work anyway. It is modern and unlike anything else. By a busy city road it is easy to miss it. I was glad I stopped to look.

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