City Centre Mural Trail

If you're out and about in Glasgow City Centre, then you'll most likely have come across some huge pieces of art adorning some of the city's buildings. Embracing the concept of street art, The City Centre Regeneration team has created the very first City Centre Mural Trail, all contained in one easy walking route. 

So let's take a look at where you can find these huge splashes of colour in the city, and how they've been brightening up local areas as well as supporting local artists by providing a space for their unique creations.

The World's Most Economical Taxi

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You'll find this fantastical floating taxi on Mitchell Street adjacent to Glasgow's Style Mile, created by artist Rogue-one. Capturing the attention of all who walk past, it's a great piece to start off your trail.

The Barras Pirate 

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Head to the East End to check out one of the newer murals which appeared as part of the launch of the courtyard space at Barras Art and Design.  'The Barras Pirate', created by Rogue-one, is actually six year old Lola from Glasgow.

Billy Connolly

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Created to mark the 75th birthday of the much-loved Glaswegian comedian Billy Connolly, you'll find three brilliant murals around the city created from original pieces of artwork. Jack Vettriano, John Byrne, and Rachael Maclean were commissioned to portray the Big Yin in their own respective styles and we think you'll agree that the end results are an amazing tribute to one of the greatest comedians of all time!

A Study of a Woman in Black 

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Not too far from one of the Billy Connolly murals, at the Saltmarket (near The Briggait), you will find this intricate stencil mural by James Klinge (aka “Klingatron”) in his collaboration with Art Pistol. A study of a Woman in Black is an example of the intricate detail this artist displays in his amazing street art.

A Study of a Women in Black 2

James Klinge continues his trend towards portraiture and his study of the female form with A Study of a Women in Black 2. Found next to the grand St Andrew's Square, this companion piece to the above mural seems to beckon to the viewer, invoking mystery and intrigue. 

Honey, I Shrunk The Kids

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Image: © Galina Walls

Again on Mitchell Street, you'll find this colossal image depicting a girl with a magnifying glass - catch it at the right angle and it looks as if she's plucking people off the street! Created by artist Smug, it's within walking distance of Central Station.

Glasgow's Panda

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Image: Art Pistol

Did you know Glasgow has its very own Panda? You'll find this piece from artist Klingatron (James Klinge) at Gordon Lane, close to The Lighthouse, which is one of Charles Rennie Mackintosh's most famous buildings in the city.

Fellow Glasgow Residents

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Image: © Mehmet Kozal

Take a look at the gable end wall overlooking the Ingram Street car park and you'll find all manner of Scottish wildlife coming from the spray can of Smug. You'll need a few photos to capture all of this huge mural!

Spaceman

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Image: © Glasgow's Golightly

This cosmic installation by Recoat and Ali Wyllie brings a touch of colour to New Wynd. Wyllie's work is inspired by comic book and graphic design culture, lending to his use of slick, clean lines, colour choice, and geometric backgrounds.

Badminton Mural

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You can't miss this huge mural of Scottish badminton player Kieran Merrilees in the heart of Merchant City by Guido van Helten. Commissioned to celebrate the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, it now stands as a testament to sporting success.

Argyle Street Cafe

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This installation by Smug on Argyle Street demonstrates what can be achieved with a little imagination, some spray paint, and a vacant shop front. The amazing attention to detail might lead you to think that the cafe is real if you don't look closely!

Big Birds

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Designed to raise a smile, you'll find this fun mural depicting exotic birds escaping captivity on Howard Street and Dunlop Street. Yet another one of Rogue-one's pieces, you'll find it adjacent to the bustling St Enoch Centre. 

Crazy Cat Lady

The latest from Rogue Oner is a feline inspired piece at the site of the former Victoria nightclub on Sauchiehall Street. A number of cats play and nap around their owner's feet, as she knits, whilst sporting a pair of cat slippers.

The Lost Giant

The Lost Giant is part of a series, which Australian artist Stormie Mills has created and installed across various major towns and cities all over the world. The Glasgow 'Lost Giant' is specially decorated with a scarf made from the Glaswegian tartan. The atmospheric character stands over the entrance to Sauchiehall Lane, adajent to the well-known traditional pub, The Griffin. 

Tiger Style

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You'll find this fierce tiger facing you on Clyde Street, designed by Glasgow artist James Klinge. As the artist's largest piece to date, it makes for a striking addition to the banks of the River Clyde. With plenty of space around the mural, there's no excuse not to get down there, get the perfect photo and add it to the collection!

The Charing Croc

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Continuing the theme of wild animals, you'll find James Klinge's latest piece on North Street at Charing Cross. This amazingly detailed crocodile was created using multiple layers of hand-cut stencils, and it's the perfect addition to the urban jungle.

Charing Cross Birds
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Right alongside the Charing Cross Croc is Art Pistol and Little Book Transfers continuation of their ‘STALK’ series depicting birds, foliage and fruit together.

The Swimmer

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Image: Relevant Search Scotland

Another by artist Smug, this mural was one of the first commissioned to celebrate the arrival of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. You'll find this huge mural down at the Kingston Bridge, cleverly placed to greet stopped cars.

The Gallery

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Image: The Travel Tester

Pop down to Argyle Street to see imaginative interpretations of famous paintings by Sam Bates, including Van Gogh's Starry Night, Munch's The Scream, and Da Vinci's Mona Lisa holding a familiar soft drink!

Hand Shadow Puppets

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This underpass at Cowcaddens has been brightened up by Rogue-one with his series of hand shadow puppets, presenting his masterful painting in the most unlikely of places.

Strathclyde University Wonderwall

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Image: Louise Duffy

Covering more than 1,000 square metres and several stories, Strathclyde University's Wonderwall is the UK's largest mural, commissioned to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Royal Charter which conferred the University's status and also the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Read more about the amazing history of the University that the mural celebrates!

St Mungo at High Street

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Glasgow street art regular Smug created this mural that can be found on a gable end on High Street. Depicting a modern-day St Mungo and referencing the story of The Bird That Never Flew. Fittingly, the nearby Glasgow Cathedral is the final resting place of Glasgow's patron saint.

St Enoch and Child

Just around the corner from the modern day, St Mungo is the complementary St Enoch and Child. This tender and detailed mural, at the corner of High Street and George Street, is a contemporary interpretation of the city's founding story; St Thenue/Enoch cradling her beloved St Kentigern/Mungo.

Musician - Sauchiehall Lane

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Image: Rogue-one

Rogue-one and Art Pistol strike again with this fantastic mural of a musician, tucked away in Sauchiehall Lane. Sauchiehall Street is a great place to visit for new music, with plenty of venues hosting regular music nights.

Famous faces - Clutha

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The Clutha Bar features a fantastic mural on the outside wall, celebrating many of the famous faces that have been associated with the venue. From Alex Harvey, Frank Zappa, and Woody Guthrie to Billy Connolly, Benny Lynch and Stan Laurel, this piece of art highlights the unique people of the city's history. Completed by Rogue-one, EJEK, and Art Pistol, find out the stories behind these famous faces on the Glasgow Music City Tour.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh

The trailblazing architect and designer, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, is the subject of a second mural at the Clutha Bar. The design by Rogue-one and Art Pistol Projects was commissioned by the new Radisson RED hotel to mark the 150th anniversary of Mackintosh's birth. The stunning design depicts the Glaswegian icon and his distinctive art deco and rose motif style. 

Wind Power

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Another imaginative image from Rogue One and Art Pistol, Wind Power, which can be found on Mitchell Street, was originally conceived as a live installation as part of  Doors Open Day 2014.  The mural celebrates the diversity of sustainable energy production within the Glasgow area and throughout Scotland.

Where's your favourite mural?

Have you spotted any other great pieces of art around the city? Let us know and we'll add it to our list! And if you're out and about on the Trail, share your pics using #peoplemakeglasgow.

For more information about the mural trail, email [email protected] or download the Glasgow City Centre Mural Trail guide.

 

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