Exclusive: Glasgow’s mural trail to be expanded with new artwork
Featured Image: Ryan Kay
New mural will be a companion to the East End’s St. Mungo mural
The New Normal Magazine can exclusively reveal that Glasgow City Council have plans to further develop the city’s popular mural trail as part of plans to enhance the street art portfolio.
A product of the “Clean Glasgow Initiative”, the council’s regeneration team devised the mural trail with the aim of rejuvenating city streets and revitalising disused buildings.
One of the proposed new murals will act as a companion piece to the city’s much-admired St Mungo artwork in Glasgow’s East End, which features St. Mungo dressed in modern attire, looking down at a robin on his finger. It evokes the story of Glasgow’s patron saint taking a dead bird in his hands and restoring it back to life.
The council is in negotiations with artist Sam ”Smug” Bates to produce the new mural, with the artwork currently scheduled to be completed by the end of 2017.
Visit Scotland’s Jen McGee believes the mural trail has increased tourism in Glasgow, saying: “Each day we have countless locals and tourists requesting information about the trail. Feedback has shown that business owners and the public are in no doubt this artwork has helped enrich Glasgow.”
East End resident Sonya Bennett said about the proposed mural: “The beautiful thing about the St Mungo’s piece is that the artist has created an identity for the local community. The art now influences the character of the people living in the city’s East End.”
Comprising 19 murals, all the artworks featured on the trail are within walking distance of the city centre. Artists involved in the project include: Art-Pistol, Smug and Glasgow’s own, Rogue-One.
Plans for a mural booklet and downloadable walking app are also in the works, helping to provide a historical look of the city’s public art collection.
The council have suggested the expansion of the trail is part of larger plans to regenerate Glasgow, which will include the establishment of nine city centre districts – each receiving a tailored restoration.
John Foster, project manager with the City Council, said the mural trail is a fundamental aspect of the council’s aspiration to make “Glasgow the greatest place in the world.”
Artists are encouraged to get involved in the initiative by applying to the city’s Mural Fund.
For more information have a look at Glasgow City Council’s Mural Trail Brochure.