A tardis style police box on the High Street, and a crossing to the Royal Mile Primary School in the Canongate area of Edinburgh.
This sketch featured in the WhereArtI quiz for 27th June, with viewers asked to name the sketched location. I like to add in street furniture, often it is those details (the letterbox or parking meter etc) that people remember.
I like this zebra crossing on the Royal Mile, it is down in the quiet end of the street and always reminds me of the famous Beatles album picture on Abbey Road.
Once used as mini police stations with a phone and desk to fill in paperwork, most police boxes have now been sold to private buyers. Many are used as coffee kiosks around Edinburgh, I know there is one in Canonmills being used as a flower stall.
The above sketch was created on a digital tablet.
More about Police Boxes on Wikipedia
I’m a passionate supporter of independent retailers in Edinburgh and love to promote and spread the word of these treasures that make our high streets unique.
For a while now I had wanted to sketch Tupiniquim, the police box selling Brazilian crepes and delicious, healthy fruit juices at the top of Meadow Middle Walk after passing it many times. This week it jumped to the top of my ‘to sketch’ list however after I heard they may have to sell up.
After four years renting and transforming the ex police box into a foody favourite, the owners now want to sell up, placing Tupiniquim in jeapody unless they can raise the funds to buy the Edinburgh land mark.
Not just a healthy food and drink haven, the kiosk also transforms into a stage for performers and a screen for open air cinema nights. I love the diversity and ideas that the Tupiniquim Family have, and want to see what else they can do in such a great location.
So please head to their Kickstarter page, link below, to pledge what you can and watch a video from Tupiniquim. They only have a few days left but are already almost at the half way point.
I wish them all the best and hopefully this will have a happy ending, Edinburgh needs these self built, original and inspiring businesses to succeed.
Tupiniquim Kickstarter page