GLASGOW City Council has today launched its Contemporary Art Trail for the city centre, showcasing the many diverse and significant pieces of work that can be found there.
The trail includes 14 pieces of contemporary art, including: Untitled (Jim Lambie, 2004, Barrowland Park); Cherub Skull (Kenny Hunter, 1997, Tron Theatre); The Clyde Clock (George Wyllie, 1999, Killermont Street); Tympanum (Niki de Saint Phalle, 1996, Gallery of Modern Art); and Bridge Columns (Ian Hamilton Finlay, 1990, Broomielaw).
The locations range from Rose Street and Renfrew Street down to Nelson Mandela Place and the Broomielaw, and over to Hutcheson Street, Rottenrow and around Glasgow Cross.
Glasgow’s City Centre Contemporary Art Trail is part of the council’s City Centre Strategy. The trail also underlines the notable cultural role that Glasgow has played, and continues to play, in Scotland, the UK and Europe.
The trail also contributes to the High Street Area Strategy, which includes key objectives such as celebrating and promoting the unique local offer; enhancing the look and feel of the area; and increasing footfall to and throughout the High Street and surrounding district.
Artists from all over the world, as well as those closer to home, have public contemporary artworks present in the city.
Councillor Angus Millar, deputy convener for inclusive economic growth at Glasgow City Council, said: “Glasgow’s City Centre Contemporary Art Trail will offer the chance to see — on the street or from the street — the many outstanding pieces of contemporary art to be found in the area.
“The trail will not only encourage a fresh look at these pieces, but will also guide visitors to different parts of our city centre and showcase Glasgow’s status as a leading city for the contemporary arts.”