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March 20 2012

Demolition underway on Glasgow Green wall art
Demolition work is today underway on an historic wall at Glasgow Green, formerly the entrance to an underground station and latterly a canvas for artist Douglas Gordon.

The decision to demolish the unlisted wall, which had suffered storm damage, has sparked anger in the east end as it was mostly still intact and had acted as an important slice of local heritage.

Gordon, a Turner Prize winner, daubed a series of period style "mute" motif on the enigmatic brick structure as part of Glasgow's year of culture in 1990, a bid to draw attention to the sites history.

3 Comments

Gutted
#1 Posted by Gutted on 21 Mar 2012 at 00:18 AM
Who are these people that insist on destroying the last remaining architectural gems of this city?! A bit of imagination and care could have sparked this building back into life in a culturally rich part of the city and provided much needed interest and storytelling, in contrast to the commonwealth one liner dross the East End will be left with after these games. Shame on GCC.
e
#2 Posted by e on 21 Mar 2012 at 09:35 AM
statement from network rail posted on twitter yesterday:

"The wall in question is what remains of the former station at Glasgow Green. It was left as a boundary wall, but unfortunately it sustained damage during severe storm weather and is being demolished as it presents a danger to the safety of the public. "

presumably they're talking about the storms that happened months ago and no other options were explored, what a shame for both glasgow's architectural heritage and public art.
Hazelkaye
#3 Posted by Hazelkaye on 21 Mar 2012 at 20:38 PM
Legalised but wanton vandalism - as with the demolition of the similar historic Partick Cross (Kelvin Hall) station building!

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