Work has begun to restore four giant whale bones that guard the entrance to the Meadows.
Jawbone Walk will temporarily be without its famous arch after council workers wrapped the bones in protective material before removing them for restoration.
The bones will be dried and assessed by experts before any repair work begins. The cost of the operation is estimated at £49,000, with the council and Edinburgh World Heritage providing more than half of the money.
The jawbone arch has stood since 1886, when it was gifted to the city after an international science and art exhibition.