I saw this on my travels down into the Dean Village today. Dean Village is an old settlement within a deep gorge (Dean, coming from the word Dene, for deep) within the city of Edinburgh, a fascinating, absurdly scenic place…and while I haven’t finished organising all my photos, I felt like I had to share this one.
In the city where Holmes’ creator was born, this seems quite apt – and I like to think that the person who wrote this graffiti does believe, in some way, in the existence of their hero. That by writing this affirmation, they might be hoping to call others into doubting the stability of the borders between fiction and reality. Some kind of zen stance, perhaps? It also makes me think of JM Barrie, asking us to clap our hands if we believe in the existence of fairies. Just here, covertly, and transgressively, under the dark bridge at the bottom of the Dene.
What do you believe?
It’s a meme. Quite a sweet one, really. I think my question still stands.