Water of Leith Antony Gormley statue still standing after Edinburgh flash floods

An Antony Gormley statue in the Water of Leith which was thought to have been swept away by heavy downpours on Monday is still standing.

Tuesday, 25th June 2019, 8:59 am
The statue can be seen to have collected some debris during the flash floods. PIC: Rebecca Ketchen

The humanoid statue at Powderhall is one of six life-size figures positioned between the grounds of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (SNGMA) and the sea at Leith Docks, and was thought to have been whisked away by the strong currents yesterday afternoon.However, in an image shared with the Evening News today, it can be seen that the statue is still standing, although it has collected debris following the downpours.

In 2012, the statues had to be removed completely in a bid to rectify repeated problems with the tilting mechanisms of the statues, which are meant to pop them up again when the water pressure eases.

Modifications were made to the fixings so the sculptures are permanently fixed to their mounts.

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The statue can be seen to have collected some debris during the flash floods. PIC: Rebecca Ketchen