Lion Being Washed

Lion of Scotland sculpture by Ronald Rae

Granite 8x17x6ft 20.00 tons. Location: Now in St Andrew Square Garden.

The controversial 20 tonne Lion of Scotland granite sculpture that has been a landmark in Holyrood Park for the past four years moved on Sunday 25th April to St Andrew Square Garden in the city centre. In response to thousands of Lion supporters, Ronald Rae is delighted to tell them that the sculpture is staying in Edinburgh in the public arena only one mile from Holyrood! The Lion will be on exhibition in the Square initially for one year.

The above photo shows the Lion during its last few days at Holyrood Park being power-washed, courtesy of the City of Edinburgh Council SFC, to be in pristine condition for its new venue at St Andrew Square.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Shawn Williamson FRSA April 22, 2010 at 4:32 am

Wow I guess Granite will stand the test of time…or test of eternity looks fantastic.

Pauline April 22, 2010 at 6:04 am

Thank you for your comment. The granite for the Lion has been isotopically dated at 460 million years old by the Geological Survey Department of the University of Edinburgh. There is no doubt granite endures.

Steve Keenan April 30, 2010 at 12:37 am

Great action shot with the steam coming from the lance. The lion looks amazing back to original colour without all the dirt that had built up over the past four years. I hadn’t noticed how much dirt and grime there was on the sculpture until i started to wash it down.

Steve Keenan from Specialist Services.

Pauline April 30, 2010 at 8:51 am

You did a great job Steve, cleaning the Lion and we thank you for that. From the expression on the Lion’s face I think he enjoyed it too!

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