The Scotsman Steps is a Category A listed building built in 1899 as part of the 'Scotsman Building'. The steps are contained in an octagonal stone tower forming a pedestrian link between North Bridge and Market Street in Edinburgh.
“So modest that it almost refuses to be art at all, and so generous that it serves as a utopian call for a better civic life, this is a radical and beautiful work”
Jonathan Jones, The Guardian
The Fruitmarket Gallery commissioned a new public installation by Turner-Prize winning artist Martin Creed. Haworth Tompkins worked with Martin and the Gallery to re-surface the steps with different and contrasting marbles from all over the world. He describes the project as a microcosm of the world; the new staircase dramatising Edinburgh's internationalism and contemporary significance while recognising and respecting its historical importance.
The Scotsman Steps
Address: Market Street, Edinburgh
Completion Date: June 2011
Construction Cost: £150,000
Client: The Fruit Market Gallery
Structural Engineer: Price and Myers LLP
Conservation Architect: McGregor Bowes
Heritage Consultant: KM Heritage
Artist: Martin Creed
Civic Trust Award
Edinburgh Architectural Award
Scottish Design Award