A GIANT mural which is all about Maryhill is helping local people celebrate Glasgow’s golden Commonwealth Games.
The stunning mural – featuring three children – also depicts aspects of the wonderful community that is Maryhill intricately interspersed within the artwork.
It was unveiled in time for the Games and quickly became a much talked about landmark on busy Maryhill Road near the East Park area of Maryhill.
It was created thanks to a link-up between Maryhill Housing Association, which owns the building where the mural has been painted, and Glasgow 2014 which is keen to ensure there is a cultural legacy from the sporting spectacular.
The artist known as “Elph” has carefully featured aspects of community life into the piece with green spaces, the Forth and Clyde canal, tower blocks, and even broadened it out to include the famed annual Glasgow taxi drivers’ outing to Troon for youngsters.
Three children make up the main focus of the work reflecting the diversity and multi culturalism of modern-day Maryhill. There’s even a blue sky to celebrate what turned out to be a sizzling Scottish summer!
The theme of the work was “identity” and Elph, who is Scottish, is among a number of hugely-talented international artists commissioned by Glasgow 2014 to create murals across the city.
Glasgow 2014 funded the project and it was managed by Glasgow-based arts organisation Recoat which has wide experience of public arts projects.
A spokesperson from Maryhill Housing Association said: “This remarkable mural is a instantly appealing and is a much welcome addition to Maryhill Road.
“Maryhill Housing Association is delighted to have provided the tenement where this fabulous mural can now be seen. It brilliantly reflects the vibrancy of community life here and will undoubtedly be seen as an important part of the Commonwealth Games cultural legacy.”
*The latest mural follows two earlier ones featuring a panther and a Scotty dog created further along Maryhill Road earlier this year. They also proved an instant hit with the local community.
Maryhill and Summerston Community Council commissioned some excellent public art to cheer up this part of Maryhill Road. One of the murals is installed on one of our tenements. The big cat and the scotty dog were designed and painted by Art Pistol and Rogue One Graffiti. Funding was provided by Glasgow City Council Area Budget.