Archive for January, 2013

January 25, 2013

“Grazing Horses” Canter Into Grand Central Terminal This March

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Over a year ago, the art world was lit up by a mesmerizing gallery show from the artist Nick Cave. For Now at the Mary Boone Gallery in Chelsea featured Cave’s “daring and iconic Soundsuits – hybrid sculptural forms based on the scale of the Artist’s body,” which he called a “psychedelic, functified freak show that is an accumulation of the decades from the perspective of voodoo woo-loo.” Now, in just two months, he’ll have his first public art installation at Grand Central Terminal. more

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January 11, 2013

Marcus Coates

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‘…you can’t escape your humanness, but the point of my work has been to explore the degrees to which you can test that boundary and entertain the possibility of becoming something else.’ more

January 10, 2013

Slinkachu’s street art, ‘Concrete Ocean’

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The street artist known only as Slinkachu has been abandoning little people on the streets of London since 2006.  His first project, ‘Little People in the City’, saw minature men, women and children living their lives on the streets of London and was immortalised in the 2008 book entitled Little People in the City”. Since then, Slinkachu has done a number of other projects, notably ‘Whatever Happened to the Men of Tomorrow’ which documented the decline of a tiny, middleaged and balding super-hero on the streets of London and ‘Inner City Snail – a slow moving street art project’ which saw Slinkachu ‘customising’ a number of London snails which then presumably went about their business none the wiser. more

January 10, 2013

Garscube Landscape Link – The Phoenix Flowers

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The brief was to transform an urban pedestrian underpass from an unsafe and unpleasant space to a bright, spacious and safe connection to north Glasgow. The original underpass was designed as part of the construction of the M8 Motorway which cuts through the centre of Glasgow effectively severing the north of the city from the city centre. This severing has seen reduced investment in the north of the city with low rise, lost cost light industrial uses appearing in the voids left after the extensive demolition carried to construct the motorway. more

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Call it the Garscube Link, the Phoenix Flowers or the Metal Petals; the improvements to this route are attracting many names! Funding from the Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council and Scottish Enterprise enabled this £3.5M project aimed at improving links between the canal and the City Centre. The metal petals were inspired by the former Phoenix Park that was lost to the area when the M8 was built.

This important new public realm development is about re-connecting North Glasgow back to the city centre for pedestrians and cyclists. more

January 10, 2013

The Saracen Foundry in Possilpark

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A view of the Saracen Foundry in Possilpark, home of Walter Macfarlane & Co, ironfounders, c 1890. The foundry’s own railway branch line is in the background.

Founded in Glasgow in 1849 by Walter Macfarlane (1817-1885), the firm was originally based in Saracen Lane, Gallowgate. They relocated briefly to Washington Street, 1862, and then moved to a purpose built foundry on Sir Archibald Alison’s former Possil Estate in 1872, creating the suburb of Possilpark to house the firm’s vast workforce. more

January 10, 2013

Cowcaddens, 1950s (Burrell Collection Photo Library)

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Photograph taken from city centre looking north to Cowcaddens, c 1950s.

Cambridge Street is in the foreground, and its junction with Hill Street is bottom left. Phoenix Park is visible through the smog in the middle distance, with Buchanan’s Confectionery Works and its distinctive chimney stalk (demolished in 1967) to the right. more

January 10, 2013

Ruth Barker: Cowcaddens Underpass

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Once it was infamous for its graffiti, but the Cowcaddens underpass has been transformed with a series of screen prints by artist, Ruth Barker.

The Cowcaddens pedestrian underpass, recognised as a key link point between Glasgow City Centre and the Canal, is now home to a new artwork that aims to raise awareness of the ongoing regeneration of the canal.

Called “The shores of the familiar”, Ruth Barker’s artwork has radically altered the Cowcaddens underpass, making it a much more effective and attractive route
between the canal and the city. more

January 10, 2013

Queens Cross Housing Association

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Queens Cross Housing Association (QCHA) is a community-based housing association. They provide nearly 4,500 homes that stretch north from Glasgow city centre, following the historic Forth and Clyde Canal. They are part of the community and run lots of projects, events and activities that bring people of all ages and backgrounds together. more