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pencil sharpeners are popping up in odd places across edinburgh

pencil sharpeners are popping up in odd places across edinburgh

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Stuck with a broken pencil? The Portobello Public Pencil Sharpening Project is here to help.

Public art can be pretty divisive at the best of times: one person’s street art is another person’s graffiti, so on and so forth. A rather curious example of this debate is happening right now in Edinburgh, Scotland, where a mysterious collective called the Portobello Public Pencil Sharpening Project has been glueing pencil sharpeners in odd places places: along sea walls, on street signs and electricity boxes. Some locals are questioning what the point is (pun intended), while others are happy to find something to chuckle about during their morning walks. If you ask us, it's a pretty handy service for all the artistic types who enjoy drawing out in the open. If you feel the same, perhaps you'd like to start a similar project in your neighbourhood (please let us know if you do).


all images by Jon Davey, final image via flickr