Murals brighten up city

09 Aug 2013

A series of dramatic artworks have been commissioned by the city council to brighten up areas blighted by graffiti and vandalism.

One of the first murals was painted by street artist Sam Bates in celebration of next year's Commonwealth Games.

Situated on a wall beneath the Kingston Bridge, it features swimmers and is seen by thousands of motorists every day.

Other murals have since appeared in various previously rundown areas of the city centre.

In Mitchell Street, a girl the size of a building stares down on the street through a magnifying glass.

A local graffiti artist, known as Rogue-One, has created the depths of the River Clyde on hoardings next to St Andrew's Cathedral. The work features two elephants swimming, a submerged Dalek and a diver.

Artist Klingatron has created a giant panda in Gordon Lane, across from The Lighthouse, and a trompe l'oeil cafe has appeared on a wall on Argyle Street.

The wildlife scene on the gable wall of the City Halls was commissioned to represent the animals which live in and around the city's parks. It will be lit up in the coming weeks to brighten up the Ingram Street car park it overlooks.

As well as helping to brighten up unloved buildings, the project - part of the Style Mile city centre strategy - is also helping to support young artists.

Source: Evening Times - Murals make the most of Glasgow's wasted walls.