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New colourful view of Regent Bridge

A dark corner of the New Town will be transformed with a project for Edinburgh's Art Festival.

Jun 20, 2012

Edinburgh World Heritage is helping to fund a new installation from Turner Prize nominee Callum Innes that will form part of the Edinburgh Art Festival in August. Well known for his abstract paintings, this time the Edinburgh based artist will work with light, in an intervention designed to flood the underneath of Regent Bridge with colour, revealing its magnificent architecture.

The bridge was designed in 1814 by Archibald Elliot to create a new and grand entrance to the city, bringing visitors directly on to Princes Street and the New Town. The advice of lighthouse engineer Robert Stevenson was needed for the construction, as the bridge had to span a wide valley. It was also intended to form a memorial to the fallen of the Napoleonic Wars, and an inscription on the bridge records it was started ‘in the memorable year of 1815’.

From above on Waterloo Place the bridge’s ornamental archways are impressive, but from below on Calton Road the bridge feels more like a dark tunnel. Working with architect and lighting artist Gavin Fraser, of FOTO-MA Lighting Architects, the new piece of public art will transform the sides of the bridge arch at street level into an illuminated plinth of floating colour. The work will follow a series of set rules to create a structured but random order of coloured light, revealing and lifting the giant curve of the arch above.

The Regent Bridge is commissioned by Edinburgh Art Festival and Ingleby Gallery, with support from EWH and Bailie Gifford.

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