Walking the Mural Trail in Glasgow.
The first time I traveled to Glasgow, it was to trace some of our ancestral roots.
During that visit, I stumbled upon the murals found along the streets of Glasgow quite by accident. I shared about the murals that I chanced upon in this post. And it was only upon returning home from that trip that I discovered the City Centre Mural Trail. I knew that if I returned to Glasgow, seeing more of the murals would be a “must” on the itinerary.
Returning to Glasgow.
As life would unfold, I would again have the chance to return to Glasgow. While we were staying in Edinburgh, my mother and I decided to take a day trip over on the train. And she was more than happy to indulge my desire to seek out more murals.
While I still did not complete the entire mural trail, I did see quite a few.
Let’s check them out, shall we?
The World’s Most Economical Taxi.
I was very excited to see Rogue-One’s mural of a man hailing a floating taxi.
It’s located on Mitchell Street off of Argyle Street. Mitchell Street is a narrower road, so I passed it once thinking it was an alley. Plus my Google map app wasn’t being very user-friendly (which is rare for it) so it took me a bit to find it. Sometimes when you are traveling, things are not what you expected. I almost missed this mural because there was scaffolding in front of it.
Interesting fact: The wall is painted to appear as a brick wall because the artist wanted the background to be a brick wall.
Honey…I Shrunk the Kids.
This giant mural is by the artist Smug (Sam Bates). If you did read my first mural post, then you already know that this artist painted one of my favorite murals, Saint Mungo. The mural is located just past the taxi mural as you continue on Mitchell Street.
I am still in awe of his attention to detail is such enormous murals.
I love dandelions and blowing on them while making wishes. So I knew that I wanted to see this piece by Rogue-One and Art Pistol. This mural is found along Mitchell Street as well.
It celebrates the diversity of sustainable energy production within Glasgow and also in Scotland as a whole.
Next, we turned down Mitchell Lane. I wanted to visit The Lighthouse.
The Lighthouse was designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh (a famous Glaswegian) and was his first commissioned building. It was originally part of the Glasgow Herald and is now Scotland’s Centre for Design and Architecture. It is an architectural beauty with rooftop views of the city. We toured the building, which I will share about in a future post.
After exiting, we admired Klingatron’s Glasgow Panda, located on Gordon Lane.
We caught a bus to the location of our next viewing. Our time was limited and a portion of this mural was very high on my list.
The Gallery is a mural by the artist Smug (Sam Bates). At this point, given the artist, I guess we aren’t surprised that this would include some of my favorite work.
This mural extends along two sides of the boarded up exterior of a former store on Argyle Street.
Much of the mural features interpretations of famous paintings.
Such as Van Gogh’s Self-Portrait.
There are quite a few details to take in.
I haven’t even captured all of the pieces of this expansive mural.
In this section, you can see interpretations of Munch’s The Scream and also the wilting clock is taken from Dali’s The Persistence of Memory.
And we can’t forget Hokusai’s Great Wave!
What an amazing piece of work. One of my teens has that Hokusai piece as a poster and another has something similar as the cover of their drawing book.
piéce de résistance.
So this section of The Gallery is why I trekked over here.
I came for one piece more so than others, but they are all truly famous pieces.
First, you have Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon. This is where I share that I can appreciate Picasso, but I do not love most of his work.
I do like The Old Guitarist if that helps my art cred.
I don’t “dislike” Jackson Pollack. I’m not necessarily enamored by his work either. However, Jackson Pollack stands out to me because when my oldest was about 6 or 7 he took all of our large bottles of paints (used for their craft time) and proceeded to squirt them out all across our wooden deck in a haphazard pattern.
When I came out to it (pre-“let me document everything” world c. 2006), I grabbed the hose to clean the deck before it became permanent (thank goodness they were washable paints).
At the same time, I was intrigued by his creative ingenuity and commented to my husband that it was Pollackesque.
Fast forward just a bit to our niece’s wedding shortly thereafter, which was held in Richmond, Virginia. We visited the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. And while I was drawn to Degas’ bronze ballerinas, this child stopped and stared at the Pollack piece on display.
The Mona Lisa has been dubbed the Mona Lassie. Extra graffiti has been added beyond the artist’s work. She holds a can of Irn-Bru (dubbed Scotland’s other National drink), which I sampled during my one day on the Isle of Lewis.
Along with many people, Starry Night is one of my favorite pieces of art.
I can’t quite say why I was drawn to this piece with the girl emerging from Starry Night, but I was.
And I had to see it in person.
And I did.
Interesting fact: This article shows how Van Gogh’s Starry Night may have been influenced by Hokusai’s Great Wave. I think that is quite interesting given the fact that they are shared in the same mural.
We would think about our ancestors and travel along the places that they likely traveled.
After a walk through the West End and down Ashton Lane, it was time to grab a bite to eat and catch the train.
We had to catch the train back and had waited too long to eat on Ashton Lane, well-known for its cobbled streets and great atmosphere. All of the places were overflowing by this point on a Friday night.
We passed Sloans as we made our way back to the train station.
We considered grabbing a bite to eat here, but it was Friday and every Friday is Ceilidh. Dancing the night away was not on our itinerary since we had to catch the train back to Edinburgh.
While not on the Glasgow Mural trail, they are still murals and are quite impressive ones too.
I love stumbling upon something that has withstood the test of time.
Given that Sloans was established in 1797, I’d say that it has some longevity…180 years more than me.
Have you been to Glasgow?
Came upon any murals?
Which are your favorite?
For more from my visits to Glasgow, be sure to check out these posts:
And be sure to check out the other posts from my time in London and Scotland. They can be found in the UK category under Destinations.
Let your light shine!