OGlasgow’s Hardworking Heritage in Ashton Lane
Byres Road and Lanes Business Improvement District have installed three powerful murals featuring paintings by Glasgow artists to represent the city’s hardworking heritage. These are the Forth and Clyde canal, carpet manufacturing and ship building on the Clyde. Each mural is eight foot square with a curated timeline beside the painting to create a conversation within the community and a visual heritage walkthrough.
David Smith RSW – a contemporary landscape artist, captured ‘Salvage Bowling Harbour’ in plein air style to signify the importance of the role the canal played in connecting merchant trade routes in Scotland with the rest of the world.
‘Templeton on the Green’ by Adam Kennedy is an impressive architectural painting of the carpet manufacturer pioneer, James Templeton, who patented the chenille carpet marketing process, produced in this extraordinary factory on Glasgow Green designed by William Leiper
‘Pride of The Clyde’ by Ryan Mutter explores the connection between shipbuilding and the hardworking man. Where over 100,000 men worked in the yards , this piece reminds us of the lost skilled trades on the Clyde and how shipbuilding helped to develop the rest of the world.
Bruce Finnie, owner of By Distinction Art, who designed and curetted the murals and board member of the Byres Road & Lanes BID, said:
“Art is for everyone, and with the Ashton Lane artworks, our intention is to create a public gallery that showcases Glasgow. We couldn’t think of a better way to begin than with a tribute to Glasgows industrial heritage and the part the city and its people played. The pieces were commissioned this year, and each is individually striking and emotive and available for everyone to enjoy.”
The murals are in place with the kind permission of Iceland and Ceres Developments.
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