life in the former bus depot in question was weathered
under constant threat of demolition on month-by-month leases
then a stay of execution was granted by new owners for a whole year while they sought planning permission
but, out of the blue, the Edinburgh Evening News dropped the bombshell that we were to be 'demolished within weeks'.
according to the sloppy journalism of Brian Ferguson, the building had been abandoned 2 years before, which refuted the existence not only of the 50 tenants of New St Studios and many more in the workshops & lockups in the car park below, but the hundreds who flocked weekly to the vibrant Sunday Market, the only regular occurrence in the city centre expressly for the locals.
although without hope of saving the 'eyesore' from its ultimate demise, we set out to demonstrate that its existence was of greater value than a gap site and 'giant panels' promoting the new development, as proposed by Mountgrange.
eyesore was a concept of spotov & angeline
eyesore on sticks [wee film to watch] was executed by spotov & poly, carried through the city by a large number of volunteers,
filmed & speed edited by johnoverity
5 years later the site is still a huge gaping hole in the edinburgh old town overview, threatening the city's Unesco heritage status..