A wicker sculpture of a steamboat in front of Ben Lomond has gone on show in Edinburgh's Royal Mile.

The eye-catching artwork's display on the capital's famous street has delighted young people from Dumbarton and Argyll who chose the boat and mountain as a symbol of what makes them proud of their home region.

One key aspect of their decision was that steamboat pioneer Henry Bell lived and worked in the region.

Bell made his name by building the the paddle steamer PS Comet and, in 1812, used it to run Europe's first commercially viable passenger steamboat service between Glasgow and Greenock.

In total, 14 sculptures representing areas throughout Scotland have gone on show and all will feature in a spectacular torchlight display in Edinburgh's Old Town on December 30.

It's the culmination of a #ScotArt project, held under a national youth engagement programme as part of Year of Young People 2018.

For months, young people across the country have been talking, debating and engaging with each other about what makes them proud of the region they call home and what one symbol best captures that pride.

A creative workshop, led by #ScotArt Young Champion Colin Law and local young artist Tyra Ross in Balloch, was attended by young people from across the region.

Online submissions were also received from young people who could not attend.

All the sculptures were made by artist Ariel Killick, who specialises in wickerwork.

Colin said: “Bringing together young people from across Dunbartonshire and Argyll and Bute, we met at the Loch Lomond and Trossachs Centre in Balloch, on the edge of one of Scotland’s most stunning natural beauties to choose a symbol for the region.

“A variety of brilliant ideas were put forward, many of them relating to the landscape of the region.

"Ultimately, we chose the steam boat on Loch Lomond, with the Munro, Ben Lomond, sitting behind.

"Henry Bell, pioneer of the passenger steamboat, lived and completed his work in the region in 1812. Ben Lomond, Loch Lomond and its bonnie banks, showcase the spectacular natural landscape enjoyed by locals and visitors alike.

"The sculpture is an ode to the industry and beauty of the region we are proud to call home.”

The 14 final sculptures were unveiled on Wednesday by the #ScotArt young champions and young artists alongside Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs.

People can see the 14 sculptures on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile until December 29 before they form the heart-shaped fiery finale to the torchlight procession on December 30.