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Imagine Porty Prom

Street Art

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If you're down Portobello way watch out for some newly created Street Art by local young people as
part of Edinburgh Art Festival. On the FunPark wall, Portobello Prom. 
And don't forget about the Big Idea & Big Prom event this Saturday 21st August and the Big Beach Busk on Saturday 28th August...
Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 August 2010 15:50

Swan Song

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Black Swan has been decommissioned due to sea damage, just a wee bit earlier than planned...

It was always a gamble(...)

Thanks to the many visitors who came to visit the work - click here to read what people have been saying about Black Swan.

For those who didn't get to catch it over the last 3 weeks - see our flickr group or gallery page.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 August 2010 15:46

Black Swan

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New Commissions 'Black Swan' by Miles Thurlow

At the west end of Portobello Beach and Portobello Public Arthouse, foot of Kings Road, EH15 1DX until 5th September...





Click here to read what people have been saying about Black Swan.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 August 2010 15:48

It's coming....

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The next commission 'Black Swan' is currently being installed at the west end of Portobello Beach.

Join our facebook page for updates...

Have you taken a photo of Black Swan? If you add it the Big Things group on Flickr then will be randomly displayed on this website! Tag it blackswan please.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 July 2010 14:02

Third Imagine Porty Prom Commission!

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Launching 2pm Saturday 31st July on the beach at the foot of Kings Road, Portobello 

Followed by artist's conversation at 3pm in the Portobello Public Arthouse.

On display until Sunday 5th September...

Last Updated on Friday, 30 July 2010 09:36

Giant Avatar of Portobello - What do you think?

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Here tis! (click to enlarge)

Click 'Read more' below to see other photos and learn about the thinking behind the artwork...

Read a selection of the comments made by visitors to the artwork here.

Let us know your thoughts on the Talk Porty Forum here or add a comment below...

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 July 2010 16:06

Grennan and Sperandio’s ‘Giant Avatar of Portobello’

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Big Things on the Beach present the second of three 2010 Imagine Porty Prom art commissions!

International artist team Grennan + Sperandio asked locals ‘If Portobello was a character, what character would it be?’ to help them to create a six metre high inflatable sculpture that captures the spirit of Portobello, Edinburgh...

The Avatar (a character taking a different form) aims to capture the spirit of Portobello and is being launched during the May Day holiday weekend at the following sites:

Saturday 1 May 2pm - 6pm: Portobello Beach, foot of Kings Rd (moved to Town Hall)
Sunday 2 May 2pm - 6pm: Portobello Beach, foot of Pittville St
(confirmed - on the beach)
Monday 3 May 10am - 2pm: Portobello High Street, outside Bank of Scotland

Please note that if weather is poor, the Avatar will be displayed inside Portobello Town Hall, 147 Portobello High Street. Check or call 0131 669 7559 to confirm on the day.

Come and meet the artist! Artist Simon Grennan will give a short Artist’s Talk on Sunday 2 May 6.30pm at the Portobello Public Art House, west end of the prom at 56 Kings Road.

Grennan + Sperandio and Imagine Porty Prom exhibitions are also on display at the Portobello Public Art House Thursday 29th April - Sunday 23rd May - Thursdays, Fridays 10am - 6pm and Saturdays, Sundays 1pm - 6pm. A programme of changing displays continues at the Public Art House until September 2010, with free entry to all events and exhibitions.

Look out for the Avatar appearing at different locations throughout the area in coming months... and register for the mailing list through or through our website registration on the left.

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 July 2010 16:01
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Big Things on the Beach is a public art trust in Portobello, a seaside suburb close to the city centre of Edinburgh, Scotland. It was formed by a group of residents in 2003 to explore the potential of the seafront as a site for engagement with public artworks by both emerging and established artists.

Since 2004 we have commissioned artists to create substantial temporary artworks, trained ourselves and others in the process of commissioning public artworks through international site visits and guest lectures and successfully raised funding to these ends.

Our current project - The Big Welcome - is supported by Creative Scotland, Portobello & Craigmillar Neighbourhood Partnership and Edinburgh City Libraries