GLASGOW’S Latest Mural To Be Inspired By Rescue Of Patron Saint’s Mother

7 May, 2019 | News, Public Art

A GLASGOW tenement gable looks set to feature a mural based on a key moment in the city’s “origin story”.

Thenue Housing Association has commissioned the work in celebration of its 40th anniversary, in October 2019.

It wants permission for the mural to go on a prominent gable at 499 London Road, near Bridgeton. The building, at the junction with Abercromby Street, is close to Thenue’s head office, in an area of the city where it owns and manage a large number of buildings.

Thenue has asked art collective ArtPistol — which has previously created murals in the city — to prepare designs.

The mural will depict the moment when Princess Theneva was rescued from the River Forth by St Serf from Culross Abbey while pregnant with St Mungo, Glasgow’s patron saint and founder, after being cast out by her father.

In a statement submitted with the application, Ali Smith of ArtPistol explains: “It is this brief moment of fate, which is to become part of the origin story of Glasgow, that we want to capture in the mural.

“This is not going to be a religious mural, with religious imagery. We are avoiding that and looking to visualise the moment in a contemporary way. It is all about that moment Serf meets Thenue [Theneva], the sheer significance of it, the fortuitous and beautiful timing, and creating a stunning piece of street art.”

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