Better be careful if you’re heading into Edinburgh city centre
this weekend, or any time for the next couple of months for that
matter, as St Andrew Square will be overrun by dozens of giant
exotic animals from every corner of the globe.
But before you look out the tranquiliser darts, we should
probably tell you that it’s actually part of a huge
open-air art exhibition, featuring sixty 1.8m wide all-weather
photographs from award-winning wildlife snapper Steve Bloom.
It’s one of the highlights of this year’s Edinburgh Science Festival,
coming to the city after being enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of
people in Some of Europe’s other top cities, like Barcelona,
Amsterdam and Moscow.
Visitors to the exhibition, which started today and runs until
the 16th of May 2010, will also be able to learn more about each of
the animals thanks to a series of captions which explain more about
the environmental issues which affect them. Think of it like a
cross between going on a safari and
David Attenborough program.
What’s that we hear you say? Wouldn’t it be brilliant if it was
free? Well, you’re in luck, because it is. And it’s open to the
public everyday. Which means it’s a great place to take the kids, a
date, or even just to enjoy a stroll yourself. You could even
have your sandwiches there at lunchtime. Just so long as you don’t
feed the animals...