Martin Creed’s Work No.1059, 2011 is the New Commission for the Scotsman Steps

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EDINBURGH.- The Fruitmarket Gallery commissioned a new work of public sculpture by Turner-Prize winning Scottish artist Martin Creed for Edinburgh’s historic Scotsman Steps. Work 1059 is a feast for the eyes – 104 steps leading from the Scotsman Hotel on North Bridge to Waverley Station and The Fruitmarket Gallery on Market Street, each step clad in a different colour of marble. Martin Creed is an artist of international reputation, who makes work of the highest quality. His work is generous, direct and convincing, with an economy of means that belies the complexity of its affect. In 2001, he won the Turner Prize with Work No. 227: The lights going on and off. His recent exhibition Down Over Up at The Fruitmarket Gallery was one of the highlights of the 2010 Edinburgh Art Festival, with over 60,000 visitors and an extremely positive press and popular reaction. The Scotsman Steps were built in 1899 as part o