We were lucky enough to be commissioned to take part in Porty Art Walk, creating a colourful, geometric site specific piece from temporary chalk paints at Portobello, Edinburgh.
The work is inspired by the forgotten story of the twelve bakers wives who ran from Portobello beach to the top of Arthur’s Seat.
The ‘Mercurius Caledonius’, Scotland’s oldest newspaper, tells of an event in 1661 when twelve baker’s wives ran a race from Portobello beach to the top of Arthur’s Seat.
The prize? A hundred-weight of cheese (112lbs), Dunkeld whisky and Brunswick rum.
The Mercurius described, “All of the in a condition which makes violent exertion unsuitable to the female form.”
It was this quote that inspired our mural; to remember and celebrate these powerful women and their incredible achievement! Instead of criticizing and berating their appearance we honour them with a bold and colourful design to symbolise their beauty and strength.
Portobello Twelve -
we salute you!
(Click to enlarge)