Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Glasgow and Back Again

This is the central motif of the armorial insignia of the city of Glasgow. I found this one on the lamposts outside Kelvingrove, but it can be found in various forms and media all over the part of Glasgow they like to call the Style Mile.
The architect for this building, Kelvingrove art gallery and museum, was also a sculptor, so the inside and outside of the building are chock a block with three dimensional features like this prow of a ship.

The exterior of the building is red sandstone, which makes sure you are gonna notice the building. She sits proudly in the middle of a green space in Glasgow.

We had a great trip down and enjoyed the stitchery show (sadly I left my camera in the hotel that day). The trip to Kelvingrove was lovely and we were then keen to be home but wound up spending time in Perth after car broke down and we had a bit of a wait by the roadside. But every road trip involves diversions of both the amusing and the not so amusing kind.
I can't help but think sadly of the very different Glasgow experience of the three asylum seekers who took their own lives at the Red Road flats.


At 2:31 PM, Blogger Hayden said...

the red stone is magnificent, and the carvings, wonderful!

we seem lost in this economic "utility" nightmare - a house is a house to most, no additional value by making it right or beautifully. I love to see the pride and self-confidence of these older buildings.

At 10:16 AM, Blogger landgirl said...

Oh they were splashing out with these buildings. At this time Galsgow was the centre of the cultural world and wanted everyone to know-=-not bragging, exactly, but celebrating and sharing. you would have loved the Charles Rennie Mackintosh stuff--art nouveau and modern for the 1920s akin tpo Frank Lloyd Wright.


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