At some point in mid-2019, an approximately 6.5-foot-tall (two-meter-tall) sculpture made of wooden branches appeared in a terrace of St Cuthbert’s Kirkyard, a cemetery located in Edinburgh’s Princes Street Gardens.
A lack of any plaque with information about the artist responsible for making the sculpture or of any organization responsible for its placing, as well as a lack of any online sources on its origin, bring to mind similar cases of anonymous sculptural donations.
The figurative sculpture at St Cuthbert’s Kirkyard seems to represent a childlike figure being held aloft by a larger one. Echoes of Edvard Munch’s “The Scream,” along with its placement in a cemetery, make it possible that it might be meant to represent grief.
Perhaps it is a tribute to a mother or baby, or both, dead and buried in this cemetery a long time ago. Theories seem to be all there is to go on for the time being, although this sculpture is already contributing to what might become a particularly Edinburgh occurrence.