A team of specialist contract cleaners has been sprucing up some of Edinburgh’s best loved monuments over the past two months.
Funded by Edinburgh Council and Edinburgh World Heritage at a cost of £16,550, specialist statue cleaners supported by local jobseekers from the Future Jobs Fund have been removing dirt from a trio of bronze monuments in East Princes Street Gardens.
Statues of David Livingstone, former Lord Provost and publisher Adam Black and author Professor John Wilson were scrubbed and gently cleaned before being given a protective treatment to prevent corrosion.
The statues, in the city’s Princes Street Gardens, had become marred by an accumulation of old wax, algae and acidic bird droppings.
Councillor Deidre Brock, the council’s culture and leisure committee convenor, was pleased with the results.
“The newly revitalised appearance of these three striking statues is bound to ignite fresh interest in the individuals they commemorate. Our team have done an excellent job and should feel justly proud of the results,” she commented.
The clean was part of the city’s Twelve Monument Restoration Project, which has also seen the renovation of the Charles II statue in Parliament Square.
Posted by Antoaneta Tsocheva
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