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


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KAREN CUNNINGHAM, HEAD OF GLASGOW LIBRARIES

GEORGE WYLLIE IN 140 WORDS...

From my earliest days in the 1980s as a young arts librarian at the Mitchell, George Wyllie was an inspiration and a source of joy. He challenged us through his use of the well-placed question mark, but behind the mischief and the humour was serious intellect and real talent and we felt proud as this Glaswegian artist's profile and international reputation grew.

From some of George's renowned and memorable projects such as The Straw Locomotive, The Paper Boat and A Day Down a Goldmine, to some of the his famous sculptures which sit around Glasgow today such as the Running Clock, outside Buchanan Street Bus Station and in the Monument to Maternity (depicting a huge nappy pin), it is clear what an important part of Scotland's culture George's work has become. And don't neglect his writing.

Let us hope that, like George, we keep asking the awkward question.

 

Karen Cunningham

And George Wyllie in 140 characters?


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