why scowl & judge when we can smile & be kind

smiling public toilet.jpg
 

Dunbar public toilets, in need of a good clean up, naturally placed eyes, it was only fitting to add an enigmatic smile. The Mona Lisa of Easy Loathing.

 
why scowl & judge, when you can smile & be kind?

Growing up in Cornwall, formative years in Yorkshire & the past 14 in Scotland. Each landscape & people a home from home, welcoming, & open armed. However Edinburgh is a social system, climate alone, personally I found Edinburgh an alienating & isolating city, possibly reflective of any city across the UK at present, possibly a product of it's size & vast class differences. 

Only in Edinburgh can you walk down a street, be stared at head to foot, given the up & down several times, catch eye contact & smile back only to be given further dark stares. This inability to acknowledge fellow life, a fellow human is a display of a break down of decency, compassion, empathy & care for another. 

We each have the power to make another feel - why utilise that power as a weapon, when kindness is one of our richest gifts.

If life & the living cannot find that compassion, small unobtrusive, temporary art pieces of inanimate objects have the possibility to remind us of our humanity. 

East Lothian Council have now painted & cleaned up the public toilets, as they clean up much of the public domain, to encourage new buyers of the large developments, that are unaffordable to locals.   The large smile would be obstructive, however some subtle personality is calling...

East Lothian Council have now painted & cleaned up the public toilets, as they clean up much of the public domain, to encourage new buyers of the large developments, that are unaffordable to locals. 

The large smile would be obstructive, however some subtle personality is calling...