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Appeal Launched to Restore Edinburgh's Oldest Statue

posted 10 Apr 2009, 15:03 by myEdinburgh Admin   [ updated 10 Apr 2009, 15:05 ]
An appeal has been launched for donations to help restore Edinburgh's oldest statue, the beautifully crafted sculpture of Charles II in Parliament, which dates back to 1685. The need for restoration work is being highlighted as part of the Twelve Monuments Restoration Project, a joint initiative between the City of Edinburgh Council and Edinburgh World Heritage.

David McDonald, Project Manager for Edinburgh World Heritage said: "The statue of Charles II has been an important part of the city for over three hundred years. In the past it was the focus of celebrations of the king's birthday, and a familiar landmark at the very centre of life in the Old Town.

"One of the main problems is a crack that has developed on Charles' side, so in a sense what he needs is a complete hip replacement. To make that happen though we need the support of the public."

Councillor Deidre Brock, Culture Leader, said: "This striking statue is the oldest in Edinburgh, occupying a prime position in Parliament Square at the heart of the Old Town. By restoring it to its former glory, we will be preserving a significant Edinburgh landmark for future generations."

The statue is made of lead and has an internal framework, made from oak and mild steel. It is also a significant piece of public art in its own right, recently attributed to the Dutch sculptor Grinling Gibbons.

The statue was restored in the 1920s, but recently cracks have appeared in the structure and it is clear that the statue is in need of attention.

The exact cost of restoration is not known at this stage, but similar lead sculptures have cost over £100,000 to restore. It is hoped to start the works later this year, subject to successful fundraising.

Source: The City of Edinburgh Council