Edinburgh’s mysterious leaf people

art,Edinburgh — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , — comelybankingcrisis @ 12:14 pm

Local Edinburgh news has been alive with curiosity and speculation over the appearance of a number of leaf sculptures along the Water of Leith.  The artist remains unknown, but clearly is playing with our fascination with the 6 Times series of sculptures erected in June by Antony Gormley.  The figures appear to be interacting with Gormley’s sculptures, mirroring the behaviour of hundreds of city walkers since the summer.

The individuals below – the Parent and Child and the Student/Teenager/Homeless Man(?) – all appeared in Stockbridge recently.  People by and large have been charmed by them, but you have to admit there’s something horrifyingly creepy about them too, or at least there will be when they come alive!  Or maybe they used to be alive and they have since been horrifyingly transformed into a mute, leafy prison.

Leaf figures inspecting Gormley in Stockbridge, Edinburgh

Okay, I’ve clearly been watching too many horror films to go with the standard ‘happy families’ interpretation.  On a serious note though, this is a welcome addition to the art of the area since Gormley’s contribution.  The honeymoon period with the latter has passed and we’re getting bored.  The leaf figures are the most interesting intervention to date, and there have been several, from bikinis to “I Love Leith” T-shirts.

And, quite frankly, this latest feature is more interesting than Gormley anyway.

Leaf figure by the Water of Leith in Stockbridge, Edinburgh


  1. These are great. What would also be good is if, having let you all become accustomed to their presence, someone poses as a leaf sculpture and then jumps out at you, scaring the bejasus out of you.
    And what if, while waiting to startle you, they were bitten by a zombie, thus becoming a scary leaf zombie themselves, condemned to stroll the streets, pinning tourists with their slow embrace, making all parks and gardens no-go zones. Anxious parents would be pulling their green-wellied offspring back from kicking through innocent looking piles of leaves.
    The only warning that a zombie was almost upon you would be the crisp crunch of dry leaves cracking.
    Oops – time for me to leave the office. I’m clearly not going to get anything else done today.

    Comment by blackwatertown — November 26, 2010 @ 4:49 pm
  2. Or leaf the Office perhaps……………?

    Comment by tony — November 26, 2010 @ 9:15 pm

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