Sculptures and Statues around Glasgow

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Sculptures and Statues around Glasgow

Postby Fossil » Tue May 11, 2004 10:25 pm

Anything since the 60’s and onwards would be good to see.

What happened to the sculpture that was outside Fraser’s . (A big bird thing) :?

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Outside the Pollok centre
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Fireman
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Dalmarnock 1
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Dalmarnock 1a

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Dalmarnock Wall
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Climbing the Wall
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High Street
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Wee Cock
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Re: Sculptures and Statues around Glasgow

Postby nodrog » Tue May 11, 2004 10:31 pm

The Modern Fossil wrote:What happened to the sculpture that was outside Fraser’s . (A big bird thing) :?


A good question - Buchanan St just isn't he same without it.

Given its appearance I used to call it The Whale's Tail though myself, though I seem to remember it was supposed to be some sort of eagle....?

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Postby johnnyanglia » Wed May 12, 2004 12:20 am

Was it not called "Concept of Kentigern". Why not check out the excellent "Glasgow City of Sculpture" website.
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Postby DMcNay » Wed May 12, 2004 5:26 am

Kelvingrove Park:

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And the plaque on the back a brass copy of which can be seen in St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh:

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Re: Sculptures and Statues around Glasgow

Postby Sharon » Wed May 12, 2004 7:50 am

nodrog wrote:
Given its appearance I used to call it The Whale's Tail though myself, though I seem to remember it was supposed to be some sort of eagle....?

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yep, i thought it was a whales tail too...oh well...
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Postby cumbo » Wed May 12, 2004 8:21 am

The bronze that used to stand outside Frasers in Buchanan Street was called 'St Mungos bird ' it was erected in 1977 after the new landscaping in Buchanan Street.It was designed by Neil Livingstone, and I think ????
the last time I saw it was at the Burrel????.I remember it caused a bit of a storm because of the cost and it got coated in paint a couple of times in it's former site.I loved it.but my favorite statue is the flying tramcar at the transport museum. :D
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Postby cumbo » Wed May 12, 2004 8:48 am

What about the late great Donald Dewar,I dont know what the big deal is with repairing his specks, any time I saw him his glasses were at a bit of a jaunty angle.In Glasgow if you are a statue and you get a cone on your head ,lets face it you have made it ,the highest complement. :D
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Postby Schiehallion » Wed May 12, 2004 5:19 pm

It was called Spirit Of Kentigern. I remember at the time Livingstone said it represented the Glaswegian's heavy struggle and fight to rise above his/her surroundings.

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An oldie, King Billy in front of Glasgow Cross Station.

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An even older oldie, the Battlefield Monument in 1889, just after it was built at Langside village.

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Postby Reverend Scapegoat » Thu May 13, 2004 3:18 pm

Anyone got a pic of the statue up by the Cathedral?
I think it's King Billy on his horse - the important feature being that the horse's tail is a ball-joint, and swings in the wind :)
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Postby Osiris » Thu May 13, 2004 4:03 pm

Does anyone have a pic of the 'Blobs' behind the BT building on Clyde Street? I'll probably take one on my way to work tomorrow anyway.

I must remember to photograph the tree at the courier corner on Blythswood Square, if anyone gets the chance go take a look at what they've done with the cuddly toys.

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Postby crusty_bint » Thu May 13, 2004 6:11 pm

Reverend Scapegoat wrote:Anyone got a pic of the statue up by the Cathedral?
I think it's King Billy on his horse - the important feature being that the horse's tail is a ball-joint, and swings in the wind


This one?
Schiehallion wrote:An oldie, King Billy in front of Glasgow Cross Station.
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Osiris wrote:Does anyone have a pic of the 'Blobs' behind the BT building on Clyde Street?


"The Amazing Technicolour Turds" ...but is it art (no pic Im afraid)? If you take a wee peek in lexander Bain you'll also see a giant Bean Stalk and a huge painting made up of 24 separate canvasses, I'll try and get pics of them too
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Postby nodrog » Tue May 18, 2004 11:08 am

Glasgow Uni's lovely dinosaur...

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Currently sporting a rather fetching bandage on its tail! I wouldn't like to have been the vet that had to apply that...
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Postby martin » Tue May 18, 2004 11:55 am

nodrog, could you perhaps get a few pics of the, er, interesting pieces of art around Glasgow Uni? I'm thinking of the one outside the Gregory building in particular.
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Postby nodrog » Tue May 18, 2004 12:52 pm

martin wrote:nodrog, could you perhaps get a few pics of the, er, interesting pieces of art around Glasgow Uni? I'm thinking of the one outside the Gregory building in particular.


Well, seeing as you asked nicely, I took a wee stroll round campus at lunchtime and made a quick survey.

This would be the one you were meaning outside Geology:
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Lots of other bits and pieces though - theres an entire sculpture garden at the Huntarian art gallery, and many of the older buildings have wonderfully detailed sculptural features I really must get around to documenting.

But this'll do for you for the moment:

On the Modern Languages building:
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Outside the Hub, part of the most modern 'installation':
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This is art- honest! One of Two Planes Cast In Situ, or something along those lines. Notice the other one in the background, currently being used as an advertising board!
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On the Engineering building:
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Gateway on the Pearce lodge, which was built from bits of the old college from the High Street:
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More to come...

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Postby nodrog » Tue May 18, 2004 1:04 pm

Part two... :)

On the James Watt (South) Building:
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Old sundial outside the south front:
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Big birly thing in the west quad:
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The famous Lion & Unicorn staircase (from the old college, but turned around apparently:
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Big pot:
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