As cars were banned from The Mound, Hanover Street and part of George Street for the afternoon I was asked to run a sketching workshop
On Clean Air Day, which is the 21st June events were held throughout the UK promoting better, cleaner inner city environments for pedestrians and cyclists. Here in Edinburgh the City of Edinburgh Council closed the route between the top of the mound and the St Andrews Street end of George Street.
An ‘Urban Garden’ of cushions, trees and huge deck chairs were arranged and electric bikes were tested on the car free streets. There were processions and talks about how important it is to provide clean air, plus a pipe band and a ceilidh along the cobbled thoroughfare.
I thought is was great and think there should be sections of George Street pedestrianised to make this a permanent feature, or at least a summer feature when the weather is good as it was on Thursday.
After a quick invitation on line I was joined by some enthusiastic sketchers and we made these drawings of George Street without cars. Thanks those who came along and I look forward to catching up with you at a future event.
For more information about the Clean Air Day celebrations, and for information about how to be involved in next years event, see the link below.
The sketches were all made on location with fineliner pens, waterbrushes and small watercolour sets.