10 Nov 2014
Zenith’s Scaffold Division has successfully completed a high profile design and erection project at the University of Edinburgh. The work involved facilitating access to the Golden Boy statue on the dome of the University’s Old College. The sculpture, put in place in 1888, had fallen victim to old age with its gilt paint beginning to crack and fade. It was the first time in almost 30 years that the statue, holding the torch of knowledge, has been re-coated with gold leaf.
Old College is in the Old Town of Edinburgh, which is recognised as a World Heritage Site. Work on Old College was begun by the architect Robert Adam in 1789 and continued by WH Playfair after Adam’s death. A third architect, Robert Rowland Anderson, completed the dome and the sculptor John Hutchison created Golden Boy. The 6ft high bronze figure is believed to be modelled on Edinburgh boxer Anthony Hall. The dome has been encased in scaffolding so that stonework and lead fittings surrounding the statue can be repaired at the same time.
Zenith works throughout Scotland’s capital city of Edinburgh on many of its listed buildings and monuments. We have all the skills in-house from design and scaffolding erection to property conservation.
Read more about the scaffolding work and Old College, with a link to the BBC coverage here:
Zenith’s Scaffold Division – The Golden Boy