(Images by Urban Ghosts)
Old blue – and in some cases multicoloured – police boxes are a ubiquitous if often unnoticed fixture of the Edinburgh streetscene. In June last year a box on the Royal Mile (valued at £4,000 – £6,000) sold for an impressive £102k. Meanwhile, journalist Alasdair Peoples covered these local icons in an excellent article on his blog Planet Edinburgh.
And so it was that, last weekend, Urban Ghosts was heading off to explore the former Innocents Railway (post coming soon!) and stumbled across this former police box turned art gallery on the corner of Richmond Lane and Gilmour Street.
It was unclear whether the gallery was located inside the box, or whether the box itself – judging by the way it was decorated – was the canvas?
According to Peoples, the police box “has been turned into a miniature art gallery for exhibitions, performances and installations. ‘The Wee Blue Box’ group organises for artists to come in every few months and redecorate. It’s quite a surprise walking down and seeing it for yourself… One artist, Malcolm Irving, has actually published a book of photographs of the city’s Police Boxes.”
December 2014 update – the box is no longer visible on Google Street View, but its concrete base remains…