New Waverley Lights Up Love with Monty Pythons Terry Gilliam

June 23, 2016

Movie director and Monty Python star Terry Gilliam was in Edinburgh on Friday(12 February) to unveil a 10-metre illuminated art work above the Waverley Arches, part of the £150 million New Waverley development in the heart of the city’s Old Town.

The neon art installation lights up a quote chosen by Gilliam from Don Quixote about the power of love, in celebration of Valentine’s Day of February 14th. It’s the first installation of the Words on the Street project being run by Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust, which is celebrating the area’s literary heritage with quotes brought to life across the city.

The project benefited from £25,000 funding from the New Waverley Community Fund, a partnership bringing together New Waverley and the City of Edinburgh Council, which is investing £200,000 into projects to brighten up the local area.

New Waverley is fast becoming recognised for its commitment to celebrating the arts.  To coincide with National Poetry Day in 2015, a 25-metre poem called Spiral, by Elizabeth Burns, was suspended from the redeveloped Old Sailor’s Ark building overlooking the Royal Mile. The development has also supported urban graffiti street art projects on hoardings and external facings.

Clive Wilding, New Waverley’s project director said: “These exciting projects show exactly why New Waverley is, and will become, such a special city centre destination.  They all celebrate the unique attributes that the area has – both in its physical and artistic heritage and the incredibly special atmosphere of Edinburgh’s Old Town. 

“We are pleased to support such brilliant and vibrant arts projects, highlighting what our development can bring to the city.”

The Waverley Arches are a row of 19 newly renovated Victorian arches on East Market Street, Edinburgh, accommodating some of the most exciting new independent operators to be found anywhere in the UK. New Waverley is fast becoming the place-to-be-seen in Edinburgh, with new hotels opening this year, as well as new homes, shops restaurants, offices and public open spaces.