A century-long campaign to have Edinburgh-born Robert Louis Stevenson properly recognised has finally been realised. Almost 300 local people and Stevenson enthusiasts turned out for street party to celebrate the completion of a commemorative statue, created by Midlothian-based sculptor Allan Herriot, depicting the author as a book-loving youngster with his Skye terrier ‘Cuillin’. The bronze statue includes an inscription, taken from his essay collection, Memories and Portraits, which reads: “All through my boyhood and youth, I was known and pointed out for the pattern of an idler; and yet I was always busy on my own private end, which was to learn to write. I kept always two books in my pocket, one to read, one to write in.”
Crime writer Ian Rankin, a life-long fan of Stevenson, unveiled the bronze sculpture in Colinton Parish Church garden, where the young Stevenson regularly headed to visit his grandfather, a church minister there.
The statue, costing £34,000 raised mostly from the local community, is the first phase of a public art project undertaken by the Colinton Community Conservation Trust. The statue is part of a wider public art project, expected to cost at least £150,000, which will include a Stevenson trail right through the historic village and illustrated panels featuring some of his work.
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