City Centre Mural Trail

If you've been out and about in Glasgow City Centre recently, then you'll most likely have come across some huge pieces of art adorning some of the city's brickwork. 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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Image: © DRS

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.

Honey, I Shrunk The Kids

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Image: © Galina Walls

Staying on Mitchell Street, you'll find this colossal image depicting a girl with a magnifying glass - at the right angle, 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, one of Charles Rennie Mackintosh's most famous commissions 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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Image: © Glasgow's Golightly

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 of sporting success.

Argyle Street Cafe

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Image: © Glasgow's Golightly

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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Image © DRS

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. 

Tiger Style

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Image: James Klinge

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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Image: James Klinge

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.

 

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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Image: Art Pistol

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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The latest and greatest by Glasgow street art regular Smug can be found on a gable end in 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.

Musician - Sauchiehall Lane

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Image: Rogue-one

Rogue-one and Art Pistol strike again with this fantastic new 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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Image: © DRS

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.

Hip Hop Marionettes

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Image: © Glasgow's Golightly

Taking influence from the Beastie Boys and Run DMC, Rogue-One's Hip Hop Marionettes graces the side of of a building on John Street, adding a splash of colour and humour to the otherwise plain brickwork.

Wind Power

windpowerImage: © Glasgow City Council

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 possible inclusion on our social wall.

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

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