The 5 best Glasgow Murals Street Art
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Murals are pieces of artwork painted on permanent surfaces where the architectural elements of the given space are incorporated into the picture. They have existed since the Upper Paleolithic time around 30,000 BC.

But many ancient murals can be found along the history of humanity, from ancient Egypt to Pompeii or Middle Ages.

Today, there is a mural street art culture in Scotland, but Glasgow is undoubtedly the epicentre. The first paintings stretch back to the 1970s, when socialist-influenced murals were developed. But it is especially during the last 10 years when the Glasgow City Council has promoted public art as a way to clean up the city and a opportunity to develop local artists.

The result has been an explosion of vibrant and colourful murals across Glasgow, turning once dreary street corners, lanes, and walls into imaginative, delightful works of modern art.

Admire The Wonderwall

THE WONDERWALL | 2017 Mural Street Art Gold Winner

In 1959 the Graham Hills Building was opened. It was later acquired by the University of Strathclyde in 1987.

The exterior of the building contains several street art murals by artists Ejek and Rogue One covering around 1,000 square metres:

The East side mural tells the story of the Land-Ship, a mock navigation bridge built at the School of Navigation.

The front side one celebrates the people of the University, a great tribute to the Dansken equatorial telescope and other stories.

Finally, the west side contains minor murals and a big artwork of a lecture hall with a mixture of colour and blank and white.

Pin  The UK’s largest building mural.

Discover Fellow Glasgow Residents

ST MUNGO | 2017 Mural Street Art Silver Winner

Glasgow’s City Halls and Old Fruitmarket is a concert hall and a former part of a market complex built in 1882. Its rear wall contains a huge street mural on Ingram Street car park that was created by Sam Bates a.k.a. Smug during the Merchant City Festival in 2013. It was commissioned by the Glasgow City Council with support from NCP.

This bright and colourful large scale mural street depicts a woodland themed piece that shows some of the varied wildlife residing around Glasgow’s parks and green spaces during the four seasons.

It includes from squirrels, and foxes to highland cattle, bees, birds and a hiker picking a mushroom.

Pin  Fauna and flora of Glasgow.

During the end of the XIX century, some passenger ferries, known as Cluthas, provided a service running up and down the River Clyde in Glasgow.

The Clutha bar was popular with the crews and passengers from these Clutha boats. Later known as McLaughlin, in 1992 it returned to its original name.

On 29 November 2013, a police helicopter crashed into the Clutha. Ten people died as a result of this accident. The bar was closed until July 2015 when it reopened with a mural on both sides of the pub.
This stunning and emotive mural was painted along the walls by EJEK and Rogue One, depicting some of the people who drank and played there, such as Billy Connolly, Jimmy Reid, Stan Laurel, Benny Lynch, Glenda Jackson, Spike Milligan or Frank Zappa.

Recently, a new mural of Charles Rennie Mackintosh has been added to celebrate his 150th anniversary.

Pin  It shows people who drank and played at the Clutha bar.

St Mungo is the Glasgow’s patron saint and founding father who lived in the late 6th century. Even the city’s coat of arms recounts his miracles: ‘The Bird that never flew, the Tree that never grew, the Bell that never rang, the Fish that never swam.’

In 2016, the street artist Smug developed a mural depicting a modern St Mungo with a halo effect and his story of the bird that never flew: one bird was hit and fell to the ground; St Mungo picked up it, prayed over it and it revived, being considered a miracle.

This story also explains the sitting on a gable end in the High Street, near St Mungo’s Cathedral.

Pin  A modern St Mungo, Glasgow’s patron saint and founding father.

Enjoy Honey, I Shrunk The Kids.

HONEY, I SHRUNK THE KIDS | 2017 Mural Street Art Fifth Finalist

A colossal piece of a photo-realistic street art stays on the gable end of a building on Mitchell Street, just off Argyle Street, stretching up four storeys.

The mural depicts a girl with a magnifying glass who appears to be studying and picking up an object off the street. At the right angle, it looks as if she’s plucking people off the street.

Created by Smug in 2012, – the girl’s necklace show his signature – is a tribute to Joe Johnston’s film, “Honey, I shrunk the kids”.

Pin  Tribute to the movie.

Glasgow celebrates every May an international festival of Graffiti, Street Art and Design, the two-day YardWorks Festival at Galvanizers Yard & SWG3 Complex.


Glasgow Murals Street Art

Cool Facts

The Quote

Everyone has to scratch on walls somewhere or they go crazy.

Philip Michael Ondaatje. Sri Lankan-born Canadian poet, novelist and filmmaker (1943-).


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Technical Criteria

Research led by SUZANNAH HENDERSON ׀
Date of the Research: 15-30 SEPTEMBER 2018 ׀
Publication date: 8 OCTOBER 2018
Review date: 8 OCTOBER 2019

Scope of the research & essential inclusion criteria:
Permission, no vandalism.It exists today.Public place.Any material of construction.
Premium+ criteria:

1 Glasgow history.
2 Beauty of mural street.
3 Technical complexity
4 Size.
5 Preservation and conditions.

6 Integration in the environment.
7 Innovative or unusual.
8 Degree of integration on the wall
9 Seen during the day.
10 Busy street.

Premium Validation criteria:

11 Mural seen during the night.
12 Antiqueness.

13 Accessibility for disabled persons.
14 Other features.

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