Heart of Midlothian Football Club has proudly stood in the heart of Edinburgh, and in the hearts of the Gorgie community, for generations. Tynecastle Park has become a home for our community- not only through football as a means for entertainment, but as a vehicle to drive social transformation and positive change. As part of the Club’s redevelopment, we are building a new main stand that will bring our capacity from 17,000 to 20,000. With additional facilities, Hearts will be able to increase engagement with fans and the community- providing quality and safe spaces for Hearts and external organisations to provide football and non-football social programmes as part of daily business.
In addition to these developments, Hearts realise an opportunity to bring more attention to Gorgie with the painting of a mural on the Gable End of McLeod Street to reflect the history of Gorgie and Dalry through the ages. The mural will be the feature piece on the new plaza at the front of Tynecastle Park.
The mural will be painted by Chris Rutterford, an artist and muralist who has been working in the art industry for twenty years. He has recently specialised in murals and epically scaled crowd portraits as seen in Bannockburn Visitors Centre, The Three Sisters, The Tron, and more across Edinburgh and Scotland. The overall narrative thread of the mural depicts the stream of match day fans through the ages walking through the streets of Dalry and Gorgie to the new stadium. Elements featured in the mural include the Heart’s old main stand, a steam train on Gorgie Bridge, an old Edinburgh tram, Gorgie City Farm, the brewery, the nursery, the Heart of Midlothian brick mosaic, McCrae’s Battalion sat on a field of memorial poppies, and the Heart of Midlothian War Memorial at Haymarket junction.
Above all, we want our community members to take pride in this mural as it reflects a strong community value of Dalry and Gorgie. We anticipate that the painted Gable End mural alongside the new facilities at Tynecastle Park will attract more people to the Gorgie area; thus, circulating more people into our local businesses and contributing to the increasing development of this area.
I have been invited to attend your monthly GDCC meeting on Mon 6th Nov 17 to give a presentation on the mural project, answer any questions and seek the community’s support with this project.
I look forward to meeting you.
Head of Planning and Development
Heart of Midlothian Football Club