21 May

Artist Quickens Pace Ahead Of Marathon Festival

Damian Callan at work on the 'running' sketch

Participants in this weekend's Edinburgh Marathon Festival arriving at Edinburgh airport will quickly get into the spirit of the big occasion when they see a 10 metre charcoal sketch of runners and spectators, in the airport's departure lounge.

The drawing has been a work in progress since October last year when local artist Damian Callan sketched models in his Dalry-based studio. Now, in order to complete the piece, he will use the many passengers travelling through the airport as his inspiration. Damian will be adding to the drawing live on Friday and Monday - capturing the atmosphere before and after the marathon weekend.

Edinburgh airport is set to welcome thousands of runners and spectators over the next few days and the unique artwork will take pride of place in the airport's art gallery. Speaking about his piece, Damian said: "I've had art exhibited at the airport gallery before but this time I wanted to create something which was new and more performance related. I'm very interested in getting people involved and interacting with my work and an airport provides the best venue for this.

"Art, like running, is available to everyone, regardless of age or ability. However, after you've done a 10 metre charcoal drawing, it feels like you've already run a marathon."

Edinburgh Marathon Festival is being held over Saturday 25 May and Sunday 26 May and includes the 5K, 10K and junior races at Holyrood Park on the Saturday, and the half marathon and marathon on the Sunday. Over 30,000 people have signed up for one of the races.

Image courtesy Damian Callan - check out his work online.