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The Great War Stone on the Royal Mile

War Memorial Royal MileThis sketch was created just off the Royal Mile, within the City Chambers courtyard and shows the beautiful archways which make up the street side of the quadrangle.

Edinburgh City Chambers is the home of the City of Edinburgh Council, in Scotland. The “Great War Stone”, which sits central and surrounded by fencing commemorates residents of the royal burgh who lost their lives in World War I.

It is a beautifully peaceful place to admire the architecture and contemplate life and the things we take for granted, even on a busy festival afternoon.

This sketch was made using Spectrum Noir pens from Crafter’s Companion. 

City of Edinburgh Council website

The Dazzle Ship in Leith, Edinburgh


Stunning reflections of the mesmerising Dazzle Ship by Ciara Phillips, in Leith as part of Edinburgh Art Festival 2016.

The contemporary coloured Dazzle Ship docked in Leith (near Ocean Terminal) was designed by the Turner Prize-nominated artist Ciara Phillips and will be available to see until August 28th.

Ciara Phillips’ Every Woman was co-commissioned by Edinburgh Art Festival and 14-18 NOW: WW1 Centenary Art Commissions and is actually the fourth Dazzle Shipto be commissioned after similar works in London and Liverpool which collectively commemorate the period from 2014 to 2018.

It wasn’t until I got up close to the shear size of the bold strokes of colour that I fell in love with the piece.

These unmissable floating artworks provide a visual connection to the hundreds of Dazzle Ships that crossed the seas during the First World War.

I had passed the ship by car and seen it from a distance but it wasn’t until I got up close to the shear size of the bold strokes of colour that I fell in love with the piece. Go and see it on the Prince of Wales Dock where there is also information panels telling the story of this artwork and more about the history of Dazzle Ships.

You can also get involved by creating your own ‘dazzle’ design on the Dazzle It App, follow the 14-18 Now link below to find out more.

Ciara Phillips

Edinburgh Art Festival website

14-18-Now website