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Nardini mural revisit

Last time I passed the now derelict Nardini ice cream parlour in Byres Road I mentioned a mural I spotted at the rear of the interior.

Since I hadn’t noticed it at the time, I was only able to expand the catch in the original pic, which meant it was a fairly poor view.

I passed recently, and actually remembered to stop and take a better pic, albeit through dirty glass.

It appears to made of panels, so could have been taken down and removed, but since it was left, it can be assumed to have been new, rather than any sort of original (and costly),

That said, a closer look suggests it was painted by someone with good knowledge of the Art Deco period and style as it contains recognisable elements which were prevalent at the time. I’d say some more modern elements have crept in, but they’re probably only noticeable if you’ve studied the period, and look more closely than normal at the detail.

The3 more I looked at it, the more I began to like it and wouldn’t mind having it on one of my own walls.

Pity it will most likely be torn from the wall and skipped when the interior is refitted for the next occupant.

Click for bigger.

Nardini Mural

Nardini Mural

Out of interest, I also noticed one of the side walls had some old B&W pics mounted, and while the lighting units had been stripped, the pics had been left on the wall.

It wasn’t passible to take a proper pic due to the oblique angle as seen from the street, but I did take the oblique view, then corrected the perspective in an attempt to see what was in the pics.

It worked reasonably well, and the only real problem is the increasing blurring toward the right, as this was the furthest (and therefore smallest) part of the view, so was also the part that had to  be stretched most to correct the perspective distortion.

Probably just fairly standard ice cream novelty pics from the mid-20th century, but there’s also a couple of pics of Nardini’s shop in Largs.

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Nardini Pics

Nardini Pics

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07/08/2019 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , , | Leave a comment

Tartan paint mural

Although I can’t claim personal experience of any of the tricks played on naïve apprentices, I did come across tales of various tasks given to the inexperienced young hopefuls in their first days on the job, such as being sent to Stores for ‘A long stand’, or the more local gem… a tin of tartan paint 🙂

A new mural created in Glasgow’s Cresswell Lane recalls that particular ‘product’.

Cresswell Lane Tartan Paint mural

Cresswell Lane Tartan Paint mural

The tin in that mural isn’t opened (in fact, look closely and you’ll see it’s been returned), so you can’t see what that particular brand of paint looks like. That said, it seems to be leaking!

Fortunately, somebody sent me a pic of a competing product some years ago, and this is the first excuse I’ve had to share it.

Suedetess Tartan Paint

Suedetess Tartan Paint

That one was actually turned into a bit of an advert for a commercial web site, but I’ve since been able to track down the source image (without the advertising/branding), so can now credit the source.

Anyone who remembers the original Finnegan’s Hammerite might be wondering if they could come up with something that would resemble this today. The original hammer finish paint was chemical magic to watch – after you painted this treacly goop onto a surface (usually metal), the smooth finish would slowly turn into a ‘hammer’ finish as two components in the mix separated into two slightly different colours, and created the hammered texture.

Apparently, you need not wonder.

Due to the nasty volatiles used in original Hammerite in Finnegan’s day, it’s now rubbish since they were replaced by ‘kinder’ versions, and nothing like the original since the company changed hands and it had to drop the ‘nasties’ from the good old days.

31/07/2019 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , , | Leave a comment

The ‘Big Heid’ at Anderston is gone

Following the Red Mutant, the Big Heid I spotted replacing it at Anderston has now also succumbed to the magical grey paint, and disappeared.

Since there’s little point in photographing a patch of grey paint, I’m just repeating the pic I took earlier.

Road Support Face Mural

Road Support Face Mural or Big Heid

Just out of interest, I was wandering along Burgh Lane (behind the Western Baths and Hillhead Library), and found I was being watched by the face, WITHOUT the head!

Is it looking guiltily at the broken downpipe?

Did it do that?

Big Heid Face Only

Big Heid Face Only

25/07/2019 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , , | Leave a comment

Spotted another ‘Big Heid’ mural – lurking in Dumbarton Road

I spotted another ‘Big Heid’ mural recently, but only got the chance to take a pic today.

Almost lurking just behind some vegetation, this one is on the shuttering at the bottom of the Pontecorvo Building in Dumbarton Road.

This one’s hard to place correctly – I’m not entirely sure of the details, but as far as I can see (from various maps) this is where this road changes its name from Argyle Street to the east, and becomes Dumbarton Road to the west, at the entrance to Glasgow University, and Maggie’s (cancer centre).

If that’s wrong, add a comment with details – I’m never sure since I found this spot, and had previously been assuming the change took place at the major junction with Byres Road (and others), a little further to the west. But, looking closer at the placement of the street names on various maps, found that assumption appeared to be wrong.

Big Heid Dumbarton Road Pontecorvo

Big Heid Dumbarton Road Pontecorvo

It’s at the bottom of this building, which didn’t have the heid, or the greenery growing there, when this pic was taken.

Dumbarton Road Pontecorvo

Dumbarton Road Pontecorvo

 

18/07/2019 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , , , | Leave a comment

Next giant mural WILL be seen in the east end

I’m sometime taken by surprise when something happens quickly, and this didn’t tale long at all.

No indication of when it will appear though, so I might have to try to remember to make detours.

Really, I will.

The cycle route through this area avoids this busy junction as takes a detour well away from it, so I don’t normally see this spot.

Plans for a new piece of art on a Glasgow east end building have been given the go ahead by councillors.

Members of Glasgow City Council’s planning committee agreed to back proposals for a new piece of art on a building at 499 London Road, paying tribute to St Mungo’s mum.

The plans were put forward by Thenue Housing Association to mark their 40th anniversary, and asked art collective ArtPistol to prepare the designs.

Glasgow mural trail: New artwork paying tribute to St Mungo’s mum in east end given green light by council

Previously

Thenue Housing Association has commissioned the work, in London Road, near Bridgeton Cross, to mark its 40th anniversary in October 2019.

The association manages a number of buildings in the area, and is seeking permission for the mural to be created on a prominent gable at 499 London Road, near Bridgeton., and is near their head office.

The mural would depict the moment Princess Theneva was rescued from the River Forth by St Serf of Culross Abbey, while she was pregnant with the future St Mungo (Glasgow’s patron saint and founder), after being cast out by her father.

In a statement submitted with the application, Ali Smith of ArtPistol explains: “It is this brief moment of fate, which is to become part of the origin story of Glasgow, that we want to capture in the mural.

“This is not going to be a religious mural, with religious imagery. We are avoiding that and looking to visualise the moment in a contemporary way. It is all about that moment Serf meets Thenue [Theneva], the sheer significance of it, the fortuitous and beautiful timing, and creating a stunning piece of street art.”

GLASGOW’S Latest Mural To Be Inspired By Rescue Of Patron Saint’s Mother

In more detail…

The new street art will feature Princess Theneva or Saint Enoch (Thenue), who lived from 510 to about 570.

She was the daughter of King Loth of the Gododdin, and mother of St Mungo or St Kentigern – the patron saint and founder of Glasgow.

The work will capture the moment Theneva was rescued by Saint Serf of Culross Abbey in Fife after her dad had thrown her into the River Forth.

Glasgow mural trail: new artwork in tribute to St Mungo’s mum planned for east end

This would add to the existing murals on this theme in High Street and George Street.

So, here’s the ‘before’ shot.

499 London Road at Abercromby Street

499 London Road at Abercromby Street

 

21/06/2019 Posted by | Civilian, council, photography | , , , | Leave a comment

Was it really that nice on Monday? (Nope)

Looking at the pics I collected this week I was going to do a weather related series, but various problems have eaten the time not only for that, but some other goodies I collected during a week of travelling. Most of the material isn’t time sensitive, so I’ll be able to get around to it.

The weather was (almost) amusing, since I seemed to leave Glasgow in rotten weather, and arrive in Ayr in nice weather – but in reality, the rotten Glasgow weather was just moving slowly south, and by Thursday, Glasgow’s rain had arrived in Ayr, but not nearly as bad.

I couldn’t make the last day (Friday) so don’t know if it did get as bad as Glasgow by then, but do know it was wet (as in very wet) in Glasgow – as I was out in it later in the day.

Back to Monday (which was the day the weather started going downhill), I was toying with the idea of catching a mural near Kelvingrove, when a girl who had been on the bus decided to get off and walk through my shot. I’d seen her running for the bus, and had been impressed by… how she didn’t seem to feel the cold. The chap that can be seen walking behind, with what looks like a heavy coat on, was more suitably dressed for the day.

Nice Monday

Nice Monday

The weather really is nuts at times.

While I was out and about suffering from a constantly running nose in the cold at the start of the week, by Friday I was finding myself overdressed and bursting into a sweat as I wore a rainproof jacket, and decent shoes as the streets around here are almost flooded in places, as the rate of rainfall is pretty high at times, and paddling through large puddles is sometimes unavoidable.

There are some huge puddles at the side of the road, and they need to be avoided, or timed to pass when there is no traffic, unless you want a bath!

Puddles

Puddles

01/06/2019 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , , , | Leave a comment

Next giant mural could be seen in the east end

Thenue Housing Association has commissioned the work, in London Road, near Bridgeton Cross, to mark its 40th anniversary in October 2019.

The association manages a number of buildings in the area, and is seeking permission for the mural to be created on a prominent gable at 499 London Road, near Bridgeton., and is near their head office.

The mural would depict the moment Princess Theneva was rescued from the River Forth by St Serf of Culross Abbey, while she was pregnant with the future St Mungo (Glasgow’s patron saint and founder), after being cast out by her father.

In a statement submitted with the application, Ali Smith of ArtPistol explains: “It is this brief moment of fate, which is to become part of the origin story of Glasgow, that we want to capture in the mural.

“This is not going to be a religious mural, with religious imagery. We are avoiding that and looking to visualise the moment in a contemporary way. It is all about that moment Serf meets Thenue [Theneva], the sheer significance of it, the fortuitous and beautiful timing, and creating a stunning piece of street art.”

GLASGOW’S Latest Mural To Be Inspired By Rescue Of Patron Saint’s Mother

In more detail…

The new street art will feature Princess Theneva or Saint Enoch (Thenue), who lived from 510 to about 570.

She was the daughter of King Loth of the Gododdin, and mother of St Mungo or St Kentigern – the patron saint and founder of Glasgow.

The work will capture the moment Theneva was rescued by Saint Serf of Culross Abbey in Fife after her dad had thrown her into the River Forth.

Glasgow mural trail: new artwork in tribute to St Mungo’s mum planned for east end

This would add to the existing murals on this theme in High Street and George Street.

So, here’s the ‘before’ shot.

499 London Road at Abercromby Street

499 London Road at Abercromby Street

 

17/05/2019 Posted by | Civilian, council, photography | , , , | Leave a comment

Ride reversal – brings mural surprises

Trying to get back on the bike after a bit of enforced avoidance, I had a go at reversing my usual route into Glasgow, just to break the routine and habits.

Not necessarily a good idea, but it makes you think as a number of cycle paths/routes only work in one direction, meaning you have to think and plan if riding them the opposite way to usual, or you end up on normal roads. Some of those are best avoided in some busy and narrow parts of Glasgow city.

But it does bring the odd surprise.

While I found the sad replacement for the red mutant a while ago, I knew this ‘face’ had appeared in quite a few places, just not any I saw, or so I thought. I thought they were all the same too, but this pair shows that’s not so, and there are differences.

Turns out I’d been passing this one for ages, but it’s not visible from my usual direction of travel, but was staring back at me when I went the other way.

It’s not the only piece of unseen art that the change let me see, but the others will take longer to pull together.

Road Support Face Mural

Road Support Face Mural

The ‘Red Mutant’ replacement – was not even red!

Anderston Red Mutant Replacement

Anderston Red Mutant Replacement

07/05/2019 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , | Leave a comment

MUSTIO LOVE’S YOU – is that a good thing?

Seriously?

Graffiti promoting The Greengrocer’s Apostrophe now?

Mustio Love's You

Mustio Love’s You

I didn’t spot the aberrant apostrophe when I grabbed the pic, but it’s there.

I was more concerned about the meaning of the three ‘action lines’ behind Mustio’s butt.

What at they about? Has the poor mutant got a ‘gas’ problem?

More seriously, we need to help our poor, uneducated graffiti artists, and improve their grammar.

Maybe someone should start a petition to have a free course laid on for them, to avoid them being embarrassed by making mistakes like this, and embarrassing Glasgow too, when tourists see how lacking our schools and education system are.

After all, we know the psychologists and social worker will confirm that being laughed at for making such a basic error could scar them mentally for the rest of their lives.

Someone, maybe like MP Paul Sweeney, noted for supporting worthy and important causes, getting his name in the papers, making stuff up, and raising petitions in Glasgow at the drop of a hat, should start one 😉

24/04/2019 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , , | Leave a comment

There’s a crocodile hiding under the Charing Cross bridge

I have to confess to being fairly lazy, so when I come to Charing Cross I tend to slide across the footbridge over the road rather than negotiate the multiple pedestrian crossings provided there, or worse, run across the various roads if I can’t be bothered waiting for the elusive little ‘Green Man’ to make an appearance.

I don’t usually approach from Woodlands Road either, so got to see bits of the footbridge which are usually well out of sight for me.

And that’s when I spotted the crocodile.

Since I don’t seem to have come across in any random posts about murals, I’m guessing most have missed it too, and it’s not made its way into any obvious lists either.

Same street artist as the tiger down at the Clyde, near the suspension bridge.

I should also add that it doesn’t look quite as good as this in real life.

Sadly, some moron with a can of paint added their own crap to the work, so I removed it.

Charing Cross Crocodile

Charing Cross Crocodile

23/04/2019 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , | Leave a comment

If you didn’t get a nice easy pic of Whitevale Baths…

You’re too late now!

Seems I’ve been taking pics of the façade of Whitevale Baths for years, in various formats since they razed the houses between the baths and the Bellgrove Hotel for some unknown reason years ago. I always wondered why, as I remember them being built, and then disappearing not all that long afterwards. I didn’t even notice it, as I stopped travelling into Glasgow along that road for some years, and it was a while before I realised the ‘new’ houses had gone.

I wonder if there was something wrong with them, and they had to be demolished as a result?

Now, they’re building modern flats on the land, and the space around the retained façade of the baths is being occupied by this new build.

It not only covers the open land cleared when the houses I referred to were razed, but they are also building on the land adjacent to the remains of the baths.

So, while you could stand as far away from the façade as you liked to, and take a ‘whole of front pic’ in past years, that option is now gone, as there are flats on that ground. Now, you can only stand across the street and take the pic.

You’ll need a pretty wide lens to manage it now, or some clever panorama/image stitching software to get the shot now.

There will be a side street you can stand in, but I don’t think it will be on the centre line of the baths.

This is what it looks like down there now.

Whitevale Baths Facade

Whitevale Baths Facade

Another ‘loss’

Some time ago, while I was down there I noticed a mural or image on the end wall of the remaining part of the baths’ building.

I never managed to find anything online that referred to those images, or described them, but they’re lost and gone now.

They were on the wall between the baths and the new build seen on the left.

I thought I’d posted the shots some time ago, but clearly never got around to it.

I dug up the images I played around with back then, and picked a few.

Nobody’s going to be taking this view for some time to come, as the ground they’d need to stand on is now full of flats!

Whitevale Baths Facade straight

Whitevale Baths Facade straight

This will be the norm for the next few years (decades), so the ability to take a single wide shots (then correcting), or using special lenses to avoid the distortion will be needed.

Whitevale Baths Facade stitched

Whitevale Baths Facade stitched

Note that both of the above were deliberately framed to avoid having things like lampposts appearing over the subject.

And the last shot goes to…

The Whitevale Baths end wall mural that will never be seen again, and is probably lost.

Whitevale Baths end wall mural

Whitevale Baths end wall mural

Be nice to know something about it, if anybody knows anything.

As noted above, I couldn’t find anything online when I had a look, neither any story or record behind it, or any other pics.

17/04/2019 Posted by | Civilian, Lost, photography | , | Leave a comment

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