The Lovers Touch
latitude: N 55° 56' 45.7872"
longitude: W 3° 47' 48.426"
Access is up EITHER up the steps at the southwest end of the Grassmarket in Edinburgh (linear Scotland). The steps turn into the Vennel. OR you can come from Lauriston Place, go down (north) Heriot Place to just past where it intersects with Keir Street. After that it turns into the Vennel. In any event, you'll see a fence around a Car Park, on the west side of the Vennel. The Vennel is a cobblestone walkway between the steps and Heriot Place. And the plaque is just inside the fence of the ECA (Edinburgh College of Art) Car Park.
This plaque, honoring one of the most romantic of the stories of Kcymaerxthaere, had a very dramatic installation story as well. We were fortunate to install The Lovers Touch plaque during the legendary Edinburgh Fringe Festival (2008) in conjunction with the Edinburgh College of Art and Sweet Venues—commemorating it with a 17 part dedication (including group singalongs). So, in a sense, the dedication was only complete at the end of the run. Working with local craftsman, Craig M., we installed the plaque. In the process, a number of local couples read the story and shared the way they had met up. Some even said it reminded them of how they had met each other, which, when you read the plaque, is really something! Nevertheless, it gave quite a wonderful spirit to the day--one that lulled us into a false sense of security. In fact, while the cement was drying, we saw another couple reading the plaque. Wishing to give them some private time, we turned our backs to throw some trash away. At that point, the man ripped the plaque from the wet cement. Fortunately our craftsman was also (unbeknownst to us) a law enforcement officer who placed the vandal under arrest. There was an attempt to escape --- and a chase into the Grassmarket. Net result: eventual arrest and Craig. M. ‘s determination to avoid a repeat—thus the 1 ton base currently in use.
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