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At the very western end of a small cobbled stone lane in the capital’s New Town, a series of decorative metal panels enhance the side of a nondescript building. This is the work of local artist, Astrid Jakel and was commissioned by the group Essential Edinburgh to beautify an otherwise drab locale.

Together, they collaborated on a piece that would enhance the area and pay homage to the group known as the “Rose Street Poets,” who frequented the pubs in the area. The poem, Beachcomber was written by George Mackay Brown. The poetic verse with its maritime-themed artwork reads as follows:



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Old Stockbridge Market 20200.8km site_ao
Wardrop’s Court Dragons 20200.5km site_ao
Monuments Garden 20201.3km site_ao
View From The Train: Edinburgh to Inverness via Inverkeithing en 20160.6km site_izi
View From The Train: Edinburgh to Aberdeen en 20160.6km site_izi
View From The Train: Edinburgh to Inverness via Via Stirling en 20160.5km site_izi
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The Meadows Mural 20201.2km site_ao
Heave Awa Hoose 20200.9km site_ao
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Inverkiething Mercat Cross 20200.7km site_ao
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William Burke Museum 20200.6km site_ao
Morocco’s Land Effigy 20201km site_ao
Canongate Kirkyard 20191.3km site_ao
Cannongate Kirkyard 20191.3km site_ao
Luckenbooths 20190.9km site_ao
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Talbot Rice Gallery 20190.9km site_ao
‘Dreaming Spires’ 20191km site_ao
Altered Traffic Signs 20190.5km site_ao
‘The Manuscript of Monte Cassino’ 20190.9km site_ao
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The Great Hall Ceiling at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery 20190.5km site_ao
Netherbow Bell 20191km site_ao
Jacob’s Ladder 20191.1km site_ao
St Cuthbert’s Kirkyard Branch Sculpture 20190.4km site_ao
Cramond Lioness 20190.9km site_ao
St. Bernard’s Well 20190.8km site_ao
Cafe Royal 20190.6km site_ao
‘A Canine Connection’ 20190.5km site_ao
Millennium Clock Tower 20190.9km site_ao
St Giles’ Cathedral Thistle Chapel 20190.7km site_ao
The Oldest Statue in Edinburgh 20190.7km site_ao
Tweeddale Court 20191km site_ao
The Scotsman Steps 20190.7km site_ao
Blair Street Underground Vaults 20190.7km site_ao
Scotland’s Oldest Purpose-Built Concert Hall 20190.9km site_ao
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The King’s Chamber 20190.5km site_ao
Robert Burns’ Masonic Apron 20180.2km site_ao
World’s End Close 20181km site_ao
World’s End Close 20181km site_ao
Museum of Edinburgh 20181.3km site_ao
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Museum of Childhood 20180.9km site_ao
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A Scottish Philosopher With a Lucky Toe 20180.6km site_ao
The Writers’ Museum 20180.5km site_ao
The Witchery 20180.5km site_ao
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The Historic Stained Glass of Scotland’s Magdalen Chapel 20170.7km site_ao
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The Little-Known Rooftop Terrace at the National Museum of Scotland 20170.9km site_ao
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