On Monday 6th May we highlighted on our twitter feed that one of the famous Maggy Howarth mosaics from Rose Street was for sale online after the Council sold it to a private buyer as part of a tender process.
We contacted the current owners, Brick and Stone who agreed to hold the stone for us whilst we made plans to buy it and secure an Edinburgh future for it.
Two generous private donors stepped forward after a plea on social media and offered to buy the piece of art so it remained in Edinburgh hands.
As of 23rd May, the Council have yet to respond to emails on why this stone was removed. We still don't know the location of the other two 'missing'. We will keep on asking. There are five still in situ on Rose Street, three in good condition and two damaged.
The Council responded via twitter to our tweet asking them about the future of the five remaining mosaics and they replied "We'll consider attempting to preserve mosaics in the New Town at a suitable location, subject to discussion with stakeholders"
There were originally eight mosaic roses installed in the 1980s, but only five still exist and we feel that this one (six of eight) should be restored to its rightful place, on Rose Street. We have contacted the artist and she was not consulted by the Council as they stated she had been and would love to see this piece of work return to its rightful place.
The purchase of the mosaic by the private donors will be complete soon. Brick and Stone kindly reduced the price of the mosaic so that their costs were covered as they also wish this to be reinstated to its former position in Rose Street.
We require funds to restore it to its former glory.
The company at this time have estimated this to be around £1500.
If we secured the funds to restore it, we would seek planning permission to have it reinstated after its restoration.
We have already asked re the need for planning permission and got a positive response (edited).
"If planning permission was required for their reinstatement, it would be granted without question (especially as there are other 'identical' features at broadly similar sections in Rose Street currently). Secondly, I don't really see the difference between the removal of the current paviors & their replacement with setts (if that's what's happening now between Hanover & Frederick St) - which demonstrably does not require planning permission, then whether the pavoirs / tarmac sections are replaced with setts or a combination of sets & mosaics doesn't seem to be materially different"
Surplus monies raised
We are aware that people face hunger and homeless on the streets of Edinburgh and we plan that any monies raised in excess of our target will be donated to our chosen charity, Social Bite. In the event that the Council agree to pay for it to be restored, all monies will be given to Social Bite.