Granite: 8x17x7 ft 20.00 tonnes. For Sale. Location: St Andrew Square Garden, Edinburgh.
The Lion is the traditional symbol both of power and of Scottish identity. From 2006 – 2010 the sculpture was sited in Holyrood Park between the Royal Palace of Holyrood House and the Scottish Parliament, and beneath that other lion couchant, Arthur’s Seat.
On 25th April 2010 the Lion of Scotland was transported one mile from Holyrood to St Andrew Square in the city centre where it is currently on exhibition under a yearly contract with Essential Edinburgh.
The Lion has been voted the best-loved sculpture in Edinburgh. One rarely passes it without seeing the public engage with it – either taking photos or climbing on it as children do. There is no doubt it is greatly loved. In 2008 a formal petition was drawn up by the Scottish Blue Badge Guides to keep the Lion at Holyrood, plus thousands of signatures from local people and visitors to the city who wanted the Lion to stay there, which resulted in a further two years stay for the sculpture on loan to the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body. However the contract ended in April 2010 and could not be extended.
Ronald Rae thanks all those who have supported the Lion of Scotland sculpture. He has been overwhelmed by the number of letters and emails he has received over the past five years.