Flight tickets hidden inside sand sculpture on Castle Street, Edinburgh

Flight tickets hidden inside sand sculpture on Castle Street, Edinburgh

Scottish artist Kate Robinson is set to recreate some of the most famous landmarks from Edinburgh and Barcelona in Edinburgh city centre. The project is sponsored by the airline Spanair, who have just introduced a direct route between the two cities.

100 plane tickets from Edinburgh to Barcelona will be hidden inside the sculptures – competition winners who have registered at www.youshouldbeinbarcelonarightnow.com will be invited to destroy the monument at 10am on Saturday to recover their tickets.

“Edinburgh and Barcelona are two of the must-visit destinations in Europe,” says Spanair Sales Director Nuria Tarré. “Spanair hopes that the wonderful sculpture we are creating in Castle Street will represent the strong bonds that exist between Scotland and Catalunya with regards to culture, language and education. We hope Edinburgh residents will enjoy the sculpture and trying to find the tickets within. See you in Barcelona.”

Among the landmarks to be created as part of the sculpture are Edinburgh Castle, the city's vaults and the Scott Monument, as well as Gaudi's Temple of the Sagrada Familia and works by Picasso. Robinson has previously made her name creating works such as a giant Spiderman sculpture and the ‘Dreaming Head’ piece, both of which she completed in Holland in 2004.

‘It will be a bit of a challenge, particularly because there's quite a short timescale to do the preparation and to make the sculpture, so it will be quite nerve-wracking,’ she said. Even though some might think it a shame to destroy such works of art after such hard work has gone into them, she finds that one of the best parts of the project. ‘One of the things that is lovely is you know it is there for only a short period of time and I hope people enjoy seeing it.’

The sculptures will be displayed on Castle Street, Edinburgh, from Thu 18–Sat 22 May.

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