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There WAS a third Midland Street mural on the way

Not that I was being particularly clever, but I was right when I suggested it looked as if there would soon be a third mural joining the pair I ‘collected’ in Midland Street recently.

And here it is.

I wonder if there will be a list, since these seem to go up quickly, and almost at random.

Midland Street mural

Midland Street mural

Update

It’s just coming up for about FOUR weeks after I posted this series (including the ones in the link above), and GlasgowLive is suggesting:

Head over and take a sneak peek at the first of the new collection for yourselves, or wait until the finished product is ready to be unveiled.

Glasgow’s latest mural series unveiled as tribute to The Arches

And there;s me been getting dragged past them on the bus for nearly a month now, and thought they were ‘Old News’!

🙂

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

It’s ‘Hunt the New Murals’ time

When I first read about a new set of murals being added around Glasgow, there was one, as seen below.

Midland Street Mural one

Midland Street Mural one

However, by the time I got there on foot, as opposed to shoogling past on a bus, it had gained a partner, and there was two.

Midland Street Mural two

Midland Street Mural two

Sadly, it’s been vandalised already, with somebody adding ‘tramp stamps’ and a piercing 😦

I thought this was all I was going to come across, but when I was dragged past the ‘lovely couple’, I spotted a third area apparently  being prep’d by a guy on a mobile lifting platform, so I guess I’ll just have to keep watching out of that bus window.

HOWEVER…

As I sped into St Andrews Street last night, what did I see in front of me?

Another new face!

St Andrews Street Mural

St Andrews Street Mural

If the pics look a bit grimy, then that’s because the first two came from Midland Street, which is a tunnel, while the third was taken around 22:15.

I’m trying to cut my blogging time, so pics may get less processing.

Sorry.

16/07/2019 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , | Leave a comment

Little known mural about to be obscured in Howard Street

I don’t think I’ve seen this pair of murals referred to in any mural ‘trails’, but I wouldn’t claim to have dug up every list there ever was.

The one that’s not in any danger of being lost to easy view sits above Kenny’s Music in Howard Street.

If nothing else, it demands a bit of notice for its semi-realistic appearance.

Howard Street Suite Dreams mural

Howard Street Suite Dreams mural

The second (to the left of the first) shares that semi-realistic aspect, but will soon be lost to direct viewing as the building being raised on the site of the former Safeway (and others as the name over the door changed) is completed, and the lane (apparently unnamed, at least according to my maps) is once again closed in by the surrounding buildings.

Howard Street Lane Hostel Suites mural

Howard Street Lane Hostel Suites mural

21/05/2019 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , | Leave a comment

Artwork and mural festival DID erase my recent find

After coming across some murals I hadn’t tripped over before (even though I had been passing their home regularly), I was right when I suspected they would be gone just a few days after I ‘collected’ them.

Found some artwork and murals – just before an artwork and mural festival

I took a trip to the place after the event was over and, as I thought, the murals spotted in Eastvale Place were all gone, replaced with new works created during the two days of the festival.

As you will see in the pics, work was still underway to complete some of them, while the view of some areas was obscured by equipment and fencing (and some huge ‘team’ vans parked in front of them).

I took what I could get easily, but will wander back down in a few weeks, to get better pics once the place is deserted, and the lighting is better for photography.

Unfortunately, the glossy finish of the spray paint used means that some areas are almost impossible to photograph if low, evening, sunlight is shining on them (like the Billy Connolly mural in the Gallowgate, which can be an absolute pig to photograph).

See the previous post, linked above, to make a ‘Before & After’ comparison.

The pic numbering does NOT correspond to the previous post. There are now additional murals since some formerly blank walls gained murals during this event.

Eastvale Place Mural 01

Eastvale Place Mural 01

 

Eastvale Place Mural 02

Eastvale Place Mural 02

Stitch of the above pair.

Click for bigger.

Mural stitch

Mural stitch

 

Eastvale Place Mural 02a

Eastvale Place Mural 02a

Yardworks own gate (seen in the previous post) remained unchanged, so no new pic of that.

Eastvale Place Mural 03

Eastvale Place Mural 03

 

Eastvale Place Mural 04

Eastvale Place Mural 04

 

Eastvale Place Mural 05

Eastvale Place Mural 05

 

Eastvale Place Mural 06

Eastvale Place Mural 06

I almost missed collecting this last one – the sun was reflecting almost directly off the paint when I arrived, completely obscuring the image, but fortunately had sunk down far enough to stop this happening by the time I was leaving the site.

I’ve thrown in two captures, just to show the difference with, and without, shadows cast on the subject.

I’d been irritated by being there late in the evening for the first set of pics in the previous post, but that was a LOT easier as I specialise in low light. Being there when the sun was shining actually made it a lot harder to get decent pics.

Eastvale Place Mural 07a

Eastvale Place Mural 07a

 

Eastvale Place Mural 07b

Eastvale Place Mural 07b

So, a revisit will happen in a few weeks, and I’ve stuck the date in my diary, should I still be around in a year’s time.

Update

They say 11 k people flocked to this event.

We know it was really 11,001 😉

I only get to see the stuff outside the ticketed yard event.

You can find a gallery of the work done in there in this article.

As I found out with the murals I found a few days before the event, which were painted over, this material will only be around until next year’s event takes place, so you ‘only’ have a year to go take a look.

Yardworks Festival 2019: 11k people flock to SWG3 for graffiti takeover

13/05/2019 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , , , | Leave a comment

Found some artwork and murals – just before an artwork and mural festival

Diving down streets you don’t usually travel can bring surprises, not always nasty.

Reversing one of my cycle routes showed up a venue and some art/murals I which simply weren’t visible when travelling in the opposite direction.

Eastvale Place was usually behind me, but was in front when travelling in the opposite direction.

It’s home to SWG3 and Yardworks.

Glasgow is preparing to welcome street artists from around the world as the third annual Yardworks Festival returns to the city.

The two-day celebration of live and curated graffiti art will take place in SWG3’s Glavanizers Yard from May 11 – 12.

Over the course of the weekend, SWG3’s walls and railway arches will be used as a canvas for more than 120 world-class artists, who will transform the area into a colourful display of artwork and murals.

As well as seeing live graffiti, guests will be able to enjoy various workshops and musical performances on the day and there will be hoards of food vendors, drinks bars on site to cater to your needs.

Yardworks Festival 2019 – everything you need to know ahead of SWG3’s graffiti takeover

SWG3

SWG3

 

Yardworks

Yardworks

I found these murals in Eastvale Place this week.

I’m guessing a revisit might show some, or all, of these have gone, if they are painted over during the festival.

I looked at some pics from a few years back, and they showed different material.

Easvale Place Mural 01

Easvale Place Mural 01

 

Eastvale Place Mural 02

Eastvale Place Mural 02

 

Eastvale Place Mural 03

Eastvale Place Mural 03

 

Eastvale Place Mural 04

Eastvale Place Mural 04

 

Eastvale Place Mural 05

Eastvale Place Mural 05

 

Eastvale Place Mural Date

Eastvale Place Mural Date

 

I collected these as part of a set of ‘banker’ shots taken on the previous evening, when I was there later and it was darker.

They came in handy as I was able to make up a set with no vehicles parked in front of the murals.

Eastvale Place Mural 06

Eastvale Place Mural 06

 

Eastvale Place Mural 07

Eastvale Place Mural 07

 

Eastvale Place Mural 08

Eastvale Place Mural 08

11/05/2019 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , , , | Leave a comment

Will Glasgow get a new mural for this college course?

We’ve already had this mural on show for a few years, inspired by a 1913 photograph, and telling the story of the Land-Ship, a mock navigation bridge built on the roof of the School of Navigation in the Royal College…

George Street Navigation Mural

George Street Navigation Mural

There’s an intriguing new course now on offer at the City of Glasgow College.

A new course is being launched to train merchant navy officers to navigate previously icebound polar waters.

The City of Glasgow College will use advanced simulators to offer some of the first courses of their kind in the UK.

The sea routes are opening up as climate change causes polar ice to melt.

On the bridge of this massive cargo ship, it is comfortably warm. Outside, the weather is foul.

Snow flies, visibility is poor. We must use the radar to follow the channel cut through the sea ice by an icebreaker.

We are making seven knots somewhere north of Scandinavia. Virtually.

The bridge, accurate in all its instrumentation, is at the heart of a sophisticated simulator, one of five at the college. A 360 degree video screen provides the rotten weather.

Simulators at Glasgow college open Northwest Passage

They really should find a wall somewhere, and give us a modern take on the ‘Land-Ship’.

Bridge Simulator

Bridge Simulator

With the Northwest Passage now melted open to the extent that this simulator and training course has become viable, does anybody REALLY want to be classified as a loony climate change denier?

02/01/2019 Posted by | Civilian, Maritime, Transport | , | Leave a comment

Interesting to see poorly presented huge hotel plan thrown out

In keeping with my suggestion that people should perhaps STOP automatically kicking Glasgow City Council purely on the basis of it BEING Glasgow City Council, I note yet another large development has been rejected following a review of its planning application.

The moaners really should start engaging their brains before launching into their usual attacks, either of the council in general, or of some councillors in particular.

This isn’t to say the council is always perfect, or that councillors are angels, but the issues they are responsible for are not single issue decisions, or evidence of corruption. Few seem to credit the council when it does something correctly, or that many decisions are bound by law, or other constraints, and while they may appear odd or wrong, are legally correct. They have to be, or they can be overturned.

In this case, it seems an apparently poorly prepared planning application was presented in respect of a huge hotel development to slotted onto some ‘spare ground’ (currently a small car park, with some nice murals), near Candleriggs.

But the application doesn’t even seem to have included a proper illustration showing the size or impact of the new building.

Maybe not a careless mistake or omission, but a carefully crafted and deliberate ploy to hide the impact of the thing?

Specifically…

A PLAN for a massive hotel on a Merchant City gap site has been withdrawn. The proposal had attracted numerous objections from residents and a local MSP.

Merchant Hotel Glasgow Ltd had applied for an eight-floor 396-bed development on land bounded by Candleriggs, Ingram Street and Albion Street. It was to feature gathering spaces, bars/restaurants and co-working spaces.

In 2008, planning permission was given for a 200-bed, six and four-storey hotel at the site although it did not proceed. The land has been vacant for 50 years and is currently used as a car park.

No explanation for the applicant withdrawing the proposal is given in planning documents. It is not clear if a revised plan will be submitted.

Many residents from nearby flats had lodged objections raising concerns over the size of the buildings and loss of privacy, daylight and open space.

Merchant City and Trongate Community Council was also opposed, citing the “excessive size and height” of the building compared with neighbouring listed buildings.

An official objection from Sandra White MSP stated: “Considering the historical significance of Candleriggs and this part of Glasgow, I am surprised that a property development of this scale and ambition has failed to provide an artist impression of its inclusion in the local setting.”

She said this meant the wider public was unable to form a full view of the project and it left the impression the applicant was “trying to hide its impact.”

She feared the structure would dominate the skyline of Merchant City. The MSP added the site should instead be considered for a public square or green space.

HUGE Merchant City Hotel Plan Abandoned

Mushroom Mural

Mushroom Mural

04/12/2018 Posted by | council, photography | , , , | Leave a comment

Royal Highland Fusiliers Museum hidden tribute in Renfrew Street

I wonder how many have spotted this feature at the back door of the Royal Highland Fusiliers Museum in Renfrew Street?

I’ll certainly admit to never even looking here when I pass, being too busy with the unusual big head of Beethoven to be found atop the rear of the adjacent building (formerly Thomas Alfred Ewing’s piano warehouse facing onto Renfrew Street, by James Alexander Ewing, his brother).

But I was looking the other way, looking for the rear of the museum, and not expecting it to be easy to spot.

I was wrong.

These pics show what I found there.

RHF Museum Back Door

RHF Museum Back Door – Looking East

 

RHF Museum Back Door Looking West

RHF Museum Back Door Looking West

A closer look at each.

RHF Museum Back Door Mural

RHF Museum Back Door Mural

 

RHF Museum Back Door Mural

RHF Museum Back Door Mural

While I could wander along the top of a wall to get a decent view of one, I didn’t feel like climbing over the fence to get a better view of the other, but the application of a little ‘magic’ improved the skewed view.

RHF Museum Back Door Corrected

RHF Museum Back Door Corrected

11/11/2018 Posted by | military, photography, World War I, World War II | , , , | Leave a comment

Not on Glasgow’s Mural Trail – Alexandra Park

While you’ll find tourists being guided around the Glasgow city centre and a mural trail, they’ll miss some nice work in the surrounding area.

In this case, within Alexandra Park, and one of its buildings.

One end of the building is devoted to the park’s Bike Club, and has been decorated with an appropriate mural, in two parts set on either side of its main door.

Alexandra Park Mural 1

Alexandra Park Mural 1

The remainder lies to the right (of the door), plus another above.

Alexandra Park Mural 2

Alexandra Park Mural 2

The rest of the building serves as the club house for the Park’s golf course, with the local vermin (invasive grey squirrel as opposed to native red) depicted as a mischievous character – guess the artist just used the local view, since there’s a lot of these bushy-tailed ‘rats’ running around the park.

There’s even one on the roof!

Alexandra Park Mural 3

Alexandra Park Mural 3

18/08/2018 Posted by | council, photography | , , , | Leave a comment

(Sir) Billy Connolly’s 75th birthday murals got some plaques

While passing the giant murals dedicated to (Sir) Billy Connolly on the occasion of his 75th, I noticed that descriptive plaques had been added nearby.

Well, to be accurate, two of them had plaques, the Old wynd mural and the Gallowgate mural were easily spotted, but when I headed along Dixon Street to look for one next to the Vetteriano mural, I wasn’t so lucky.

There didn’t seem to be one in sight, at least not anywhere obvious or convenient.

Maybe the team sent out to install it got the same abuse from the patrons of the beer garden below the mural, and decided just to go home as well.

Anyway, whatever the story with the last one (I’m blind, or it just wasn’t there when I looked) here are the two that can be found/seen.

Billy Connolly Mural Osborne Street Old Wynd

Osborne Street Old Wynd

 

Byrne Mural Plaque Old Wynd

Byrne Mural Plaque Old Wynd

 

Billy Connolly Mural Gallowgate

Gallowgate

 

Maclean Mural Plaque Gallowgate

Maclean Mural Plaque Gallowgate

It’s such a shame that this mural was completed in a high gloss finish.

It can be almost impossible to see the thing on a bright sunny day (when it should be at its colourful best) as there is just so much reflected glare from the sky. Looking at it recently, during the recent sunny spell, I could barely see anything but the top third.

It really is best to go see this one on a dull day, preferably in the evening, as the sky darkens.

 

05/06/2018 Posted by | photography | , , | Leave a comment

Just some Tennent’s murals

Another post inspired by the proposals to brighten the area up.

Adjacent to the Necropolis, it must surely fall within the area mentioned.

I tend not to follow the crowd, but realise that this is not always the best plan…

You have seen the “I’m a bomb disposal officer, if you see me running… FOLLOW ME!” t-shirt?

So, although I’ve passed Tennent’s Wellpark Brewery on Duke Street many times, I’ve never felt motivated to take any pics of the murals adorning the brewery wall.

But it seems to have become almost a ‘Rite of passage’ for anyone taking pics around Glasgow, so I think I should get with the program (before someone decides it’s time for them to be deleted).

I like this group because of the panicked glass making its escape from the shadowy hand.

Tennents Murals

Tennents Murals

I collected this one too.

Original Tennent's Boozers

Original Tennents Boozers

Hmmm…

Not sure if our ‘umpteen’ beats the cat’s ‘elebenty’, or vice versa (but I think the cat just wins, just for being cuter).

elebenty

elebenty

29/03/2018 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , , | Leave a comment

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