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Dental Hospital Scupture

Date of Design - 1957

Commissioned by Edinburgh Dental Hospital and School

Red open metal vertical frame with 2 gold serpents flanking a burning torch - date, 1953, below in metal (red). Coat of arms (at top) of The Dental School of Edinburgh University. Snakes represent the staff of Hippocrates. Combined with Coat of Arms of Edinburgh University Dental School, they represent the two coming together to provide dental services. (Information plaque on building beside sculpture).

Precise Location
Lauriston Place. Front of 'The Lauriston Building' of R.I.E. by main entrance.


The painted metal (red and gold) frame is in good condition. It stands on a Black Granite base.

This sculpture was moved from the old Edinburgh Dental Hospital
in Chambers Street in November 1997, when the hospital was relocated
to the new Edinburgh Dental Institute in this building. The sculpture was
commissioned in 1953 to mark the refurbishment of the
Edinburgh Dental Hospital and School.

The snakes represents the staff of Hippocrates and the Coat of Arms is
that of the Dental School of the University of Edinburgh.
Combined, they represent the coming together of the Hospital and School
in order to provide dental services to our patients, and the facilities
for teaching and training of dentists.

Today, the same principles exist within the new
Edinburgh Dental Institute.

The refurbishment of the sculpture has been made possible
through the generosity of the Edinburgh Dental Alumnus Society.