The items gathered in lost and found boxes across the world sit covered in an untouched blanket of dust. The unwanted goods are usually passed on to a charity shop or other causes to regain purpose; however this bunch of lost and found brollies have been given a new lease of life, heading to the National Galleries of Scotland in Edinburgh to be a part of a new creative display!


The police department lost property box at Fettes Police Station was filled with long-forgotten items, such as bikes, bags, gloves and umbrellas in all shapes, colours and sizes, from men’s umbrellas to kids and ladies umbrellas. A new initiative by this police department is working to re-home these items, donating them to worthy causes across the country to rid themselves of the mass amounts of lost property in a positive and productive way.

The umbrellas from this particular lost property box were donated into the good hands of artist Juliana Capes to create an instillation. First shown back in June at the Cupar Arts Festival, the art piece makes the most of these forgotten umbrellas, creating a vibrant and interesting works of art. Below shows one angle of this exciting exhibition, which spans both indoors and out and has been admired over the social media platform Instagram.



Andrew Allan from Police Scotland commented: “This was a great use of lost property and we are thrilled that the project has done so well.”

Artist Juliana Capes added: “Working with the lost property department has been very inspiring for me an as artist interested in the poignancy of lost objects.”
However, the instillation has just found a new home, in the National Galleries of Scotland in Edinburgh, where it is open to be viewed by the public. This exhibition will be open until the 24th November; maybe this will inspire you to make use of your umbrellas. We think that they would make a marvellous canopy at a wedding!

Although we are sad to see so many lost and forgotten umbrellas, this is one of many umbrella art instillations across the world that show the versatility and beauty of these practical objects.

Image: Britta Frahm under Creative Commons