Artist Martin Creed replaces Edinburgh steps with marble from around world

  • Edinburgh Festival Guide
  • 6 July 2011

This article is from 2011

Martin Creed: Work 1059 Scotsman Steps

The Turner Prize winner transforms the Scotsman Steps

Now in its eighth year, the Edinburgh Art Festival (EAF) has done wonders in raising the profile of the capital's rich assortment of galleries while showcasing an eye-watering array of works by international artists. No stranger to Edinburgh, Turner Prize-winner Martin Creed unveils his latest piece of permanent public art this summer, a transformation of the Scotsman Steps, which runs from the North Bridge to Market Street, bringing together contrasting marbles from around the world.

Scotsman Steps, connecting North Bridge and Market Street, from 24 Jun, free. 2011, © the artist.

Martin Creed: Work No 1059

Installation created by Martin Creed in response to a commission from the nearby Fruitmarket Gallery. During a two-year refurbishment, the Turner Prize-winning artist covered the Grade-A listed Scotsman Steps in 109 different types of marble from around the world, creating a piece of public art that also serves as a…

The Scotsman Steps

Market Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1TR

Before they're anything else, the Scotsman Steps have been a handy shortcut from the north edge of the Old Town to the southern perimeter of the New Town, running as they do from the side of the Scotsman Hotel on North Bridge down to the south entrance…

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