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Glasgow School of Art – names to remember, and The Art Lover’s Eye

It’s sad to see the appearance of political opportunism surface so quickly after the devastating fire suffered by the Mackintosh Building of the Glasgow School of Art.

With NO investigation, report, or survey even started, let alone completed, a damned politician is ALREADY trying to make personal capital from the event, and is already pointing the finger of blame:

Labour MP Paul Sweeney raised concerns about the role of the contractor, Kier Construction.

“I have to say it’s extremely worrying that within the space of four years, this could happen again,” he said.

“Questions have to raised about the contractor and how the contractor who had responsibility for the site has managed that site if the security had been sufficient, and so on.”

I can just picture this guy running around his village in the Middle Ages, or up to the worst period for witchcraft trials in the 17th century, pointing at people and shouting “WITCH! WITCH! WITCH!” every time he suffered some mishap.

The correct response, not what this example of ‘pond life’ is suggesting, and is more like someone forming a lynch mob than showing any concern for events, is provided by those who have a closer grasp of reality, and are not seeking some form of personal gain:

Meanwhile, Scottish Secretary David Mundell ruled out a public inquiry into the blaze “unless someone can bring forward some exceptional reason”.

He said various investigations would be held into the cause of the fire – as with any other similar incident.

Scottish Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop was also asked about the possibility of a public inquiry on BBC’s Sunday Politics Scotland.

She said: “I understand people want a lot of questions answered but clearly we have to have the fire investigation first, and we have to give them the time to carry out this very responsible duties to best effect.”

Reality versus Hope

There also a worrying example of reality versus hope in the same article.

A construction expert sees much the same as I’m worried I see in the aerial views:

Billy Hare, a professor of construction management, said there was a “growing consensus” the globally-significant building may have to be pulled down.

It came as fire crews spent a second day working to extinguish the blaze, which also damaged the 02 ABC venue.

Fire chiefs said the fire had largely been contained.

Thermal imaging cameras are being used to identify any remaining hotspots.

Prof Hare, deputy director of The Beam Research Centre at Glasgow Caledonian University, warned that the building could be structurally unsound.

Understandably, this view is not shared by a conservator:

Miles Glendinning, a professor of architectural conservation, told BBC Radio Scotland that “remarkable” record-keeping during the restoration process following the 2014 fire meant the art school still exists in digital form.

Speaking to Good Morning Scotland, he said: “I think it should be restored and it will be restored.”

“A Glasgow School of Art project team [made] a digital recording reconstruction of the whole building, not just the bit that was affected before, down to the nearest millimetre, outside and in, using photos and measured drawings.

“So the building still exists digitally even if the inside is for the moment physically absent.”

He said he would be “very surprised” if the building had to be knocked down and rebuilt, saying the walls could instead be reinforced.

All quotes from Glasgow art school blaze: Expert warns it may have to be demolished

The Art Lover’s Eye

I found this charcoal drawing by Fiona Wilson, an artist who studied at the Glasgow School of Art.

The rose in the eye echoes the work of Mackintosh’s wife, Margaret Macdonald, seen in a number of pieces she produced, and used by Mackintosh.

I have to confess that it’s times like this I sometimes wish I had perhaps followed an art-related career, and not been lured away by the technical/engineering/science options. I might even have ended up at the Glasgow School of Art, rather than one of the nearby halls of learning in Glasgow.
While I have no problem in recognising artistic features and keys such as the one ‘Eye’, I feel I can’t imagine or create such things on a blank sheet of paper, and that always seem to trigger feelings of regret.


17/06/2018 - Posted by | Civilian | , ,

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