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MURALS STREET ART IN GLASGOW

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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.

  The UK’s largest building mural.

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ST MUNGO

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.

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

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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.

  Fauna and flora of Glasgow.

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Finalists

Fourth finalist
THE CLUTHA BAR

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Fifth finalist
HONEY I SHRUNK THE KIDS

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Sixth finalist
HIP HOP MARIONETTES

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Seventh finalist
COMMONWEALTH GAMES MURALS

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Cool Facts

The Quote Michael Ondaatje 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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Glasgow celebrated during May 2017 an international festival of Graffiti, Street Art and Design, the two-day YardWorks Festival at Galvanizers Yard & SWG3 Complex.

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Things to do in the area

Getting to know about Glasgow is much more than visiting a list of amazing sites. We want you to live the whole of it. That is why we are also providing you with a number of carefully selected interesting spots, which are less than 10 minutes walk from the Winners. Enjoy more of the excellence of Glasgow for a perfect total experience.

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Introduction

Murals street art in Glasgow

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.

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Technical Criteria

Research led by SUZANNAH HENDERSON ׀

Date of the Research: 1 SEPTEMBER – 30 SEPTEMBER 2017 ׀

Publication date: 8 OCTOBER 2017

Review date: 8 OCTOBER 2018

Scope of the research & essential inclusion criteria:


Permission, no vandalism.
It exists today.
Public place.
Any material of construction.

Third Stage: Premium+ & Premium Validation 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.

11 Mural seen during the night.
12 Antiqueness.

13 Accessibility for disabled persons.
14 Other features.

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