Eduardo Paolozzi’s Pop Art in Edinburgh

Eduardo Paolozzi, sculpturist and artist was born in Edinburgh and considered one of the pioneers of Pop Art. The Pop Art movement took place during the 1950’s and 1960’s. Eduardo would have known some of today’s other popular pop artists including Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. Discover some of Eduardo Paolozzi’s incredible and imaginative sculptures in the heart of Edinburgh’s city centre. Here is what not to miss when visiting Eduardo Paolozzi’s pop art in Edinburgh.

Eduardo Paolozzi's Pop Art. Paolozzi's Studio
Paolozzi’s Studio ©MDHarding

Edinburgh Eduardo Paolozzi’s Pop Art Tour

St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral

Gothic St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral was bathed in light upon the completion of Eduardo Paolozzi’s design of Stain Glass windows, named after his three daughters. The large three stain glass windows named Carmela, Francesca and Naomi were revealed by Princess Anne in 2002.

Paolozzi Stain Glass Windows. Eduardo Paolozzi's Pop Art
Paolozzi Stain Glass Windows ©MDHarding

Leith Walk

The Hand located at the top of Leith Walk is full of wonderful intricacies, such as mating crickets and a ball. The scale is immense in the prominent location, only a few minutes walk from Edinburgh’s main street – Princes Street. Also, in the same location witness the Foot, an interpretation and vision of Eduardo Paolozzi’s pop art world.

Eduardo Paolozzi's Pop Art. Hand by Eduardo Paolozzi
Hand by Eduardo Paolozzi ©MDHarding

Edinburgh Park

July 1993 saw the unveiling of the giant puzzle by the Queen at the Royal Bank of Scotland office located at Edinburgh Park. An incredible bronze piece said to have cost half a million pounds.

Eduardo Paolozzi's Pop Art, Eduardo Paolozzi Giant Jigsaw
Eduardo Paolozzi Giant Jigsaw ©MDHarding

Scottish National Gallery Modern Art

Discover the life and works of Eduardo Paolozzi alongside a replica of his studio at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art located in the New Town of Edinburgh. It’s a spectacular location to enjoy a stroll around the park with a number of public art sculptures. Inside the gallery is a range of exhibits to enjoy as well as gift shop and cafe.

Eduardo Paolozzi's Pop Art, Sculpture of Sir Isaac Newton by Eduardo Paolozzi
Sculpture of Sir Isaac Newton by Eduardo Paolozzi ©MDHarding

National Museum of Scotland

Don’t miss the Vulcan, standing at 15 foot high since 1999 inside the National Museum of Scotland.

Eduardo Paolozzi's Pop Art, Vulcan - National Museum of Scotland
Vulcan – National Museum of Scotland

I hope you are inspired to visit Eduardo Paolozzi’s pop art in Edinburgh. Although there is a wide range of accommodation in Edinburgh, please do book ahead to avoid disappointment. It’s always a good time to visit Edinburgh, now the city is alive with the Christmas spirit. After exploring Eduardo Paolozzi’s pop art in Edinburgh, why not warm up with a wee dram or hot chocolate at Edinburgh’s Christmas Market on Princes Street. As always, I would love to hear from you.  Please leave any comments/questions below. Happy Travels:) x

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