Detail of Sculpture

Detail of Sculpture 'Monument to Maternity'

 This morning, I ventured back into Glasgow to find, view and photograph items on the Merchant City Public Art Trail.  Aided by sunny weather this proved a productive and satisfying experience.

Above and immediately below are images of  ‘Monument to Maternity’ by George White which dates from 1995. This structure is of stainless steel and can be found in Rottenrow Gardens.

Monument to Maternity, Rottenrow Gardens

Monument to Maternity, Rottenrow Gardens, Glasgow

 Here is an example of pavement engravings at City Halls, Candleriggs. This is the work of Frances Pelly and Edwin Morgan and dates from 1996. The image shows the trades of Glasgow and market goods. These designs frame four specially commissioned poems by Glasgow’s late poet laureate, Edwin Morgan.

Pavement Engravings, Candleriggs

Pavement Engravings, Candleriggs, Glasgow

 The image below shows part of another set of pavement engravings. These can be found near the Ramshorn Theatre in Ingram Street and reflect the rich history of this area which once stood among orchards and vegetable gardens. Many important figures are buried in the nearby graveyard attached to the former church (now a theatre).

Pavement Engravings, Ramshorn Theatre

Pavement Engravings, Ramshorn Theatre, Glasgow

 The Italian Centre on Ingram Street proved something of an eye opener. Here is a metal ‘Guardian’ by Jack Sloan. This stands above a glass canopy.

Guardian, Italian Centre

Guardian, Italian Centre, Glasgow

 Here is another image from the Italian Centre. Although having a porcine likeness the work is actually meant to represent a dog which accompanies a nearby statute of its master.

Dog Scultpure, Italian Centre

Dog Scultpure, Italian Centre, Glasgow

 This Cherub by Kenny Hunter dates from 1997/8 and can be found at the Tron Theatre. It was commissioned to coincide with refurbishment of the Tron Theatre.

Cherub at Tron Theatre

Cherub at Tron Theatre, Glasgow

 This bronze figure of St. Mungo (Glasgow’s patron saint) can be found in front of the second floor window of the Tron Steeple in Trongate. Artist, Eduard Bersudsky’s intention was to have the various elements of the statue move with the striking of the clock on the hour but, regrettably, the synchronisation is not always operational.

St Mungo at the Tron Steeple, Glasgow

St Mungo at the Tron Steeple, Glasgow, Scotland

 This sculpture sits atop the Mercat Cross at Glasgow Cross and dates from 1929-30. Unusually, it was the work of two women: Edith Burnet Hughes (architect) and Margaret Findlay (sculptor).

Mercat Cross at Glasgow Cross

Mercat Cross at Glasgow Cross, Glasgow

 Stone statue of philanthropist, Thomas Hutcheson at Hutchesons Hall. This is the work of James Colquhoun from around 1649. Thomas and his brother, George set up charities for aged men and young boys. It is believed that in course of relocation, the statues of the two brothers were placed on the wrong pedestals and therefore this statue is actually of George Hutcheson. 

Thomas Hutcheson Statue

Thomas Hutcheson Statue, Glasgow


Overall, a productive morning which afforded more insight into Glasgow’s rich history.

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