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"My art is place specific and people specific." George Wyllie


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JOAN MACALPINE, MSP

GEORGE WYLLIE IN 140 WORDS...

A man in overalls came to my newspaper office to talk about a giant straw locomotive he was building with Greenock welders. It was a tribute to their labour and the skills of their fathers and grandfathers on the Clyde - mine too. George Wyllie loved the river and its people. He made art about our life and our heritage. He linked shipbuilders to spires and standing stones to flying trams. He was passionate about engineering, the original steam punk. He despaired of international finance and loved Adam Smith, William Blake and Patrick Geddes. He was a Scottish polymath and autodidact, who taught me to view the world differently.

 

Joan MacAlpine

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