For big, bold, iconic street art look no further than Scotland’s largest city. From photorealism to surreal cartoons, Glasgow’s beautiful and ever-changing public artwork has brightened up unused spaces across the city. And what’s best, these creations are free for everyone to enjoy.
In recent years there has been an explosion in ‘graffiti style’ murals created by talented spray paint artists. The array of vibrant street murals can be found on walls, gable ends, and hoardings across the city, and they will take your breath away!
Back in 2008, Glasgow Council decided there was a need to ‘rejuvenate streets and revitalise buildings and vacant sites that looked a bit tired’. The first piece of artwork was commissioned that year and the city’s street art offering has increased rapidly ever since.
Adding to this cultural offering, Radisson RED has commissioned Art Pistol Projects and famed street artist Rogue-one, A.K.A Bobby McNamara, to create a photorealistic mural dedicated to the city’s favourite son, Charles Rennie Mackintosh. A gift to the people of Glasgow to mark the opening of the hotel and the 150th anniversary of the famous architect, designer, and artist, the new mural is set to become a must-see for anyone visiting the city.
Rogue-one hails from Glasgow and has been mastering the art of spray painting for almost 20 years. His work ranges from stencils, pieces, and characters, to 3D, canvases, and large-scale productions. He is behind a number of the city’s most striking murals, including the captivating floating taxi on Mitchell street.
Art Pistol Projects has been a driving force behind much of the street art around Glasgow over the past 6-7 years. They collaborate with all sorts of artists and run creative projects of all sizes. Working closely with big hitters like Rogue-one, but also importantly helping some of the rising stars of the future get into the street art scene as well.
When Radisson RED Glasgow launched at the end of April, the team promised to ‘paint the town RED’. Now, with the help of Art Pistol Projects and Rogue-One, they quite literally did. The new mural is to be found right above the Clutha.
Here are just some of Rogue-one and Art Pistol Project’s other creations that you can spot across the city.
Inspired by a Beastie Boys cover and a Run DMC picture, you can spot the hip-hop marionettes on John Street.
The Barras Pirate
The subject for this mural was six-year-old Lola Murphy from Glasgow. She keeps watch over the city from her perch at the Barras.
Found on Mitchell Street, this mural was originally part of a live installation for the Doors Open Day event in 2014.
The Hand Puppets
A lesson in hand-puppetry as well as photorealism. You can find this creation on the Cowcaddens Underpass.