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Accueil » Toutes les news » On a déplacé la statue de Sherlock Holmes à Edimbourg
par
Thierry Saint-Joanis
On a déplacé la statue de Sherlock Holmes à Edimbourg
The Sherlock Holmes statue in Edinburgh has been moved
Juillet 10, 2009
HOLMÉSOLOGIE

La statue représentant Sherlock Holmes, installée en 1991, au centre de Picardy Place, à Edimbourg, en Ecosse, en hommage à sir Arthur Conan Doyle, vient d'être déplacée pour permettre des travaux d'installation du tramway. Elle sera de retour en 2011.

La statue a été érigée sur cette place en hommage à Conan Doyle qui est né ici en 1859.
Elle a été installée par la Federation of Master Builders (FMB) pour marquer son 50e anniversaire.
La statue sera replacée en extérieur en 2011, mais pas au même endroit.
Les ouvriers effectuant les travaux ont eu la surprise de découvrir une "Time capsule" sous la statue.
Un porte-parole de Tie, la société qui est chargée de superviser la construction de l'infrastructure du tramway, a déclaré : "La statue de Sherlock Holmes et la time capsule ont été entreposées dans un endroit sûr. Pendant sa mise à l'abri, la statue sera restaurée si besoin est. Quant à la time capsule, son contenu étant confidentiel, elle ne sera pas ouverte et sera replacée intacte sous la statue à l'endroit de son nouvel emplacement."
Iain Baird, l'ancien président de l'antenne locale de la FMB, est à l'origine de l'érection de cette statue de Sherlock Holmes. «Il n'y avait que cinq membres de notre organisation qui savaient ce qui est dans la time capsule, et deux d'entre eux ont disparu depuis. Quand nous l'avons mise là, nous ne nous attendions pas à ce qu'elle soit ouverte avant cinquante ou cent ans. Moi et mes deux camarades survivants, nous ne révèlerons cependant pas ce qu'elle contient."

Un mystère pour... Sherlock Holmes !

» Voir de nombreuses photos du déplacement



 

English version

The bronze statue is being taken into storage because its current site, at the top of Leith Walk, is directly in the path of tram works.

However, the time capsule is not being opened because it had been there for less than 20 years.

It will be placed in a separate vault in a secure location and will be reburied after the work is completed.

The statue was erected in Picardy Place in 1991 as a tribute to author Arthur Conan Doyle, who was born in the street in 1859.

It was installed by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) to mark its 50th anniversary.

The statue will return in 2011, although not in the same spot.

A spokeswoman for Tie, which is overseeing the building of the tram infrastructure, said: "In order to accommodate part of the tram works at Picardy Place, the Sherlock Holmes statue, and the time capsule has been stored in a safe location.

"During the statue's storage, Edinburgh City Council will determine what, if any, cleaning or restoration work is required.

"Every care will be taken to ensure that this iconic statue well looked after and we look forward to seeing him back in his rightful place when the work is complete.

"In addition the contents of the time capsule are confidential and there is no intention that this capsule will be opened."

Iain Baird, the former president of the Edinburgh branch of the FMB, was the man who came up with the idea for a Holmes statue to mark 50 years since the creation of the organisation during the Blitz.

He said: "There were only five members who knew what was in the time capsule and two of them have now passed on.

"When we put it there we didn't expect it to be opened for 50 to 100 years. Myself and the other two who know what's inside will not tell anybody else.

"I grew up around Picardy Place and I remember the plaque being put up when Conan Doyle's property was knocked down. I thought when we put the statue up that it would be something that would be there for a long time.

"We didn't expect to have to move it, and I didn't think for one moment that the time capsule would have to be moved, but progress has to be made."

» See many photos of the removal


 

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