National re-opened, following its 2-year refurbishment as part of
the Playfair Project, with a viewing by invitation on the evening of
Saturday 2 August 2003.
The view above shows the gallery
on the evening of 2 August as the guests arrived and other tourists passed
along Princes Street in front of the gallery.
Flames are flames burning on
stands on the top step outside below the Monet banners (some of the
flames hidden by the columns). The Gallery, with its exhibition of
paintings by Monet, opened to the public three days later.