The Street Art of Glasgow

Edinburgh and Glasgow, the two cities we visited recently in Scotland remind me a lot of two other cities I am very familiar with: San Francisco where I grew up and Oakland where I was born and later returned to work for many years. Edinburgh is a lot like San Francisco. The charms of the city are all around you. All you have to do is follow your senses. Glasgow, on the other hand, is a lot like Oakland. Gertrude Stein said that there was no “there” there but she was wrong. You just have to work harder to find the “there.” We discovered Glasgow by walking around the inner city a lot and stumbling upon street art that’s there all over the city. It’s there but just not that obvious. You can walk by a spot and not really notice it until you go by two or three times.

W e walked down Trongate one day to High Street to visit the cathedral and necropolis and stumbled upon this mural by the artist known as Smug.

We walked down Trongate one day to High Street to visit the cathedral and necropolis and stumbled upon this mural by the artist known as Smug.

Click on any photo to see a larger version of that photo.

A lot of the wall murals were created about two years ago when the city’s leaders decided that their city needed to be spruced up a wee bit in preparation for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Most of the art is by two local artists. One goes by the name of Smug; the other uses Rogue-One when he signs his work. I saw the name Art Pistol on some of the murals and thought that this was another artist but that’s the name of the organization that sponsors the art of up and coming muralists.

It took three photos to get all of this art in a parking lot on Ingram Street.

It took three photos to get all of this art in a parking lot on Ingram Street.

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A car park on Ingram Street.

W e signed up for three Rabbie's Tours during our stay in Glasgow and caught the bus each morning in front of this mural on John Street near George Square.

We signed up for three Rabbie’s Tours during our stay in Glasgow and caught the bus each morning in front of this mural on John Street near George Square.

This large mural is just off Argyll Street. I past it two or three times before I noticed it.

This large mural of a girl with a magnifying glass is just off Argyle Street. I walked down Argyle and passed it two or three times before I noticed it.

It took three photos to get this mural on Argyll Street, too.

It took two photos to get this mural on Argyle Street.

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Another section of the Animals in the Bar mural.

I found this tiger on the ClydeWalk not too far from our hotel on Stockwell Street.

I found this tiger near one of the bridges on Clyde Street not too far from our hotel on Stockwell Street.

A  police helicopter crashed through the roof of the Clutha pub and bar on Stockwell Street in 2013 and killed ten people. The bar reopened last year with a mural of many of the celebrities who had frequented the bar in the past. Rogue One and EJEK did most of the mural work.

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The mural adorning the Clutha on Stockwell Street across from our hotel. Stan Laurel is among the celebrities on the left. That’s Woodie Guthrie on the far right.

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The mural extends around the corner. At one time there were three more faces on the right.

Edinburgh, unlike Glasgow, has hardly any street art. I guess they feel that they don’t need it!

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I am a family man with interests in family history, photography, history and travel.
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4 Responses to The Street Art of Glasgow

  1. Caitlin says:

    Love seeing posts about my home city. Wonderful writing and photographs!

  2. Amy says:

    Magnificent street artworks! Thank you do sharing!

  3. chattykerry says:

    These murals are all new to me despite growing up in Glasgow. The Clutha bar is very famous, though…or perhaps notorious would be a better word? 🙂

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