St Giles’ Cathedral to house 100 new works of art

Artist Randy Klein pictured with part of his exhibition at St Giles.  Picture: Ian Rutherford

Artist Randy Klein pictured with part of his exhibition at St Giles. Picture: Ian Rutherford

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One of Edinburgh’s most historic buildings has become home to 100 new works of art. American artist Randy Klein’s sculptures have been given pride of place in St Giles’ Cathedral, on the Royal Mile, which dates back to 1243.

• Klein spent around a year and a half making the sculptures

It the first of four venues around the UK to become home to the New York artist’s vast work.

He spent around a year and a half making the bronze, steel and copper sculptures, which have gone on display at the rear of the centuries-old building are held together by a series of interlinking metal stands.

He said the sculptures - which will be on display in Edinburgh until 16 May - had been designed to tell a complete “story of a life” when they were joined together.

Klein, who is currently based in London, has had his work exhibited across Europe and the United States, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Tate, and the Brooklyn Museum.

He said: “Visual art in my view should be more than beauty for its own sake. In spite of its physical form, it should transcend this physicality and enrich the soul.”

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