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Over the next month, we’ll introduce you to these awesome creatures, their history, and where you can spot them.
Today we present The Water Giraffe of Leithwhich is on Castle Street.
The Water Giraffe of Leith illustrates a contemporary map of the city’s beloved river, depicting many popular destinations along the frequented beauty spot, including Dean Village, the Royal Botanic Gardens and Leith.
Edinburgh-based artist Melanie Grandidge was inspired for her design after working near the shore – an area which the artist says evokes a strong sense of nostalgia, with several spots along the river being close to his heart.
The colorful sculpture showcases the nature, heritage and community of Water of Leith and visitors will be able to see some of the river’s wildlife in the design, including otters, deer and a kingfisher.
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While decorating her sculpture, Melanie realized that the curved shape of a giraffe’s body effectively complements the curvy shape of a map, and the local artist hopes her design will celebrate history, art and culture. nature of the water of Leith.
Melanie Grandidge is a freelance illustrator who enjoys telling stories through her works – especially through the mediums of watercolor, ink and lino printing.
Since graduating from Edinburgh College of Art, Melanie has created illustrations for children’s books and taken on a series of unique commissions.
The Water Giraffe of Leith is proudly sponsored by Cala Homes, an award-winning homebuilder responsible for delivering some of the city’s iconic developments including The Crescent at Donaldson’s and Waterfront Plaza in Leith.
You can download the Giraffe About the city app to help you explore the trail and also for a chance to win prizes.
The app costs 89 pence and the proceeds are donated to the RZSS.