Behind the grit, raw accent and the soulful sounds that spill from the pubs, Glasgow graffiti scene has become a trademark to the already absolutely amazing Scottish city. Since discovering the art scene over the past couple of months, I can now say that I’ve never been to a city where street art is reflected so well on the culture, history and people. Majority of the street art depicts famous Glaswegians, events or culture, like a public art album.
Just when you think you may be headed down an abandoned, overgrown lane, you’ll end up discovering radical, bizarre yet vibrant street art murals. Introduced in 2008 to rejuvenate the streets and abandoned buildings in Glasgow, each mural reincarnate scenes of Glasgow’s history and culture. Pride seeps from each brick and layer of paint.
The art is here is big. Life size artwork is rare and when they do appear, the characters are crawling out of the walls or walking beside you. Sam Bates, Smug and Rogue- One are just some of the artists that have contributed to these beautiful pics of public street art.
Thanks to the Commonwealth Games held in 2014, the city is covered in artistic murals. The commissioned artworks have captured athletes in the midst of playing and have additional ‘hashtag sport.’ The murals have been intelligently places in major squares and public transport stations, so the games can never been forgotten.
If you’re wondering how Scotland shows off its culture, get yourself up to Glasgow and onto the Mural Trail and explore the city through paint, art, spray and design. Glaswegians and so proud of their life, and it is evident in every street art mural.
Ya Wee Beauty… Ozzy Jess loves public art and she’ll travel anywhere to find it.