Sculpture uprooted

The sculpture known as Tree of Knowledge, created by Svetlana Kondakova and Maja Quille, was removed from Fountainbridge Green on 6 March 2019, after views were sought from Merchiston Community Council, Fountainbridge Canalside Initiative and Fountainbridge Sounding Board. It was commissioned by Edinburgh Napier University to form part of their new Fountainbridge halls of residence development in 2013.

Tree of Life sculpture. Photo by Maja Quille

Originally located in the grass area nearer Dundee Street, it was later relocated to its current site when the new Boroughmuir school was given planning consent. Despite its appeal as a climbing frame, the sculpture failed to meet RoSPA standards for playground equipment and had therefore been fenced off for about two years. The current temporary fencing will be removed once the newly grassed area has been properly established.

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