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Momentum builds behind M74 sports sculpture park

October 8 2015

Momentum builds behind M74 sports sculpture park
Glasgow Urban Sports, the charity behind plans to build a sports sculpture park beneath the undercroft of the M74 at Port Eglinton, have released a new film documenting the rationale behind their idea for a new urban public space.

In the film lead designer Toby Paterson says: “The plan for the skate park is really driven by the desirte to reuse this otherwise unusable space to try and construct a landmark that will function as a new piece of public space. Driving the idea behind this is a vision for urban sports such as BMX, skateboarding and free running.”

Project artist Raydale Dower added: “We’re looking at this with skateboarders eyes, we’re also looking at it with the interests we have with space or sculptural form and the way that you can use those spaces. BMX and free running are inventive in the way they use space, that’s at the core of what we’re looking at.”

GUS M74 Skatepark from NorthColour Films on Vimeo.

Utilising the road surface as a ready-made umbrella for a new urban skate park the scheme has been drawn up in collaboration with Keppie Design. Conversations with public bodies and politicians to make the park a reality continue to take place.
benches will double as seating and skateboard obstacles
benches will double as seating and skateboard obstacles
The plans would return a void in the city back to productive public use
The plans would return a void in the city back to productive public use


Ian Cooney
#1 Posted by Ian Cooney on 8 Oct 2015 at 14:29 PM
Proud to have been part of the origins of this project.

Great to work with Toby, Raydale, Neil and the GUS collective.

Look forward to this becoming a reality.
#2 Posted by Alf on 8 Oct 2015 at 16:47 PM
Looks great, hope this becomes a reality. A vast space that is ideal for this kind of project.
#3 Posted by "El" on 9 Oct 2015 at 13:24 PM
#4 Posted by Edward on 9 Oct 2015 at 18:09 PM
I love the look of this, I can only pray that when put in place it is maintained to a high standard. The "flowers" under the motorway is now a complete eyesore and the underpass looked better before the makeover!
The Bairn
#5 Posted by The Bairn on 9 Oct 2015 at 18:57 PM
I like this.
A lot more appropriate (and robust) than a blooming parklet!!
Hope this is the first of many good ideas.
#6 Posted by demagawd on 12 Oct 2015 at 13:48 PM
I really hope this goes ahead, not just for the fact I want to skate it but also for the possibilities that this could open up for other dead spots. Glasgow needs some well designed places like this, designed by the people who would use them rather than people who would think how people might use them, which has been an issue in the past.
#7 Posted by Stephen on 13 Oct 2015 at 12:32 PM
@ The Bairn
You've really got the knives out for that Parklet. It's starting to look like you've an ulterior motive.
The Bairn
#8 Posted by The Bairn on 13 Oct 2015 at 16:20 PM
@ Stephen
No ulterior motive as they are complete strangers to me.
Am I one of the few in this industry who detests namby pamby, pretentious, woolly thinking people who don't appear to live in the same world as myself?
#9 Posted by Stephen on 14 Oct 2015 at 14:35 PM
@ The Bairn
'Detest' is pretty strong, so yes, I think you probably are. Perhaps a little perspective is in order?
I'm as sure as I can be that we all live in the same world though…
The Bairn
#10 Posted by The Bairn on 14 Oct 2015 at 18:07 PM
@ Stephen
No need to get personal sunny jim!!
#11 Posted by Stephen on 15 Oct 2015 at 11:35 AM
@ The Bairn
Didn't think I was being but the implication of your comment was that you 'detest' those that supported/worked-on the Parklet (e.g. Ice-Cream Architecture) and dismissively believe that they don't live in your 'real world'.

Anyway, apologies to the M74 proposals which this article is actually about. I've partaken in going way off subject.
For the record I think the 'urban sports' park is a really positive initiative, especially given the current redundancy of this hinterland).

Toby Patterson is very talented but I'm not sure he's a 'lead designer' and I hope that role is being given to someone with the proper qualifications, experience and talent in that area. It's not in evidence yet unfortunately.
I'd be looking to much better integrate Toby's art rather than regurgitate the flappy panel, 'public art add-on' from the BBC. I see no evidence of the involvement of a great artist in the brick and concrete in those images. The third image is underwhelming at best and the design will need to celebrate the graffiti that will be integral to the park.

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