After the fire – The Glasgow School of Art
I’ve had to be in Glasgow for more than a week, but various circumstances meant little free time, the opportunity to get as far as the Glasgow School of Art (from where I was obliged to be), and even problems carrying a camera due to security concerns. By the end of the week, I overcame most, but ended up relying on a horrible Pentax compact, which produces pics painted with mud. Despite being billed as 16 MP, the images are only around 1.5 MB (and there are no options!), and are so compressed they barely qualify for use online.
I was surprised at how busy it was on the evening I was there, but apparently this was overspill from the Degree Show, which managed to take place despite the ravages of the fire. While not everyone was lucky, much of the student’s work survived, and the show could go on.
There’s no impression of damage from the sides of the building, but the problems start to appear when you get round the front, and look across from the new Reid Building (fortunately completed shortly before the GSA fire, and available for a little re-purposing).
The broken windows in the eastern section are bad enough, then you see the sky through them, where the worst of the blaze made its way to the roof.
While I noted there was no impress of damage on the approach along the side streets, that neglect to allow for the sense of smell, as the smell of the fire still lingers, and can be detected long before you reach the building.
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