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    Meet Sherlock Holmes at Picardy Place, Edinburgh

    Sherlock Holmes Statue - Picadilly Place - Edinburgh

    Sherlock Holmes Statue - Picardy Place - Edinburgh

    Sherlock Holmes Statue - Picardy Place

    Sherlock Holmes Statue - Picardy Place - Edinburgh

    We’re almost there Mairiuna, only a few feet away from Picardy Place where the more than life-size bronze statue of Sherlock Holmes is standing close to the house (No 11) where his creator, Arthur Conan Doyle was born.

    Sculpted and cast by Gerald Ogilvie Laing at Kinkell Castle in Sutherland in 1989, it is today one of Edinburgh landmarks.

    The most famous fictional detective is portrayed in meditation on the death of his author. Inscribed on his pipe, we can read these words: “Ceci n’est pas une pipe“.

    This quotation refers to Belgian surrealist artist René Magritte’s famous painting of a pipe in the book  ” The Treachery of Images ”  under which he wrote:  “Ceci n’est pas une pipe” ( This is not a pipe ) which in fact is true because it is an image of a pipe. 😉

    Hey! Look down Mairiuna, there is an enormous footprint at the base of the statue. I bet you it’s that of the Hound of the Baskerville.

    To finance the project of the statue many activities were undertaken. One of them was a ticketed amateur boxing match in a pub. I wonder if the event took place in the Conan Doyle pub across the street from the statue?

    Conan Doyle Pub - Edinburgh

    The Conan Doyle Pub - Edinburgh

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