Dreaming Spires, Edinburgh

August 2014: “Giraffes! A people who live between the earth & skies.  Each in his own religious steeple – Keeping a lighthouse with his eyes.”- Poem by Roy Campbell 1946.

Each morning as we left our hotel to explore Edinburgh we passed by the Omni Centre and the public art- two metal giraffe sculptures, titled “Dreaming Spires“, by Helen Denerley (2005).  The metal giraffes, a mother and calf constructed of recycled metal and open space  stretches 22 feet high.  At the base circling the hooves are bronze letters set in the walkway, reciting the poem by Roy Campbell.  The giraffes tower above the pedestrian traffic, and look south towards the east end of Princes Street- “like tourists” deciding which way to go.

Each time I passed the sculpture I paused to reflect, and take one more picture.  Their heads in the sky and their feet on the ground, reminded me to “step back, breathe and look at the big picture. “



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