The Why?s Man

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

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Two Clydeside industries which were central to the work of George Wyllie, and which appear in his artwork as recurring motifs, were shipbuilding and railways, particularly locomotive production. In his most famous scul?tures, the Paper Boat and the Straw Locomotive the loss of those two industries were commemorated in artwork which was seen and remembered by many people in Scotland, 'public art which the public could not ignore'. Like much of Wyllie's art, behind the humour, a serious point is being made.

The following sites provide useful information and images about those industries.

  Ken Currie mural @ The People's Palace  
  History of Rail Industry (SCRAN)  
  Clyde Waterfront Heritage  
  Victorian Locomotives (SCRAN)  
  Angelfire Clyde History site  
  North British Locomotive Company  
  National Galleries... The Nation Live  
  Vehicles and Locomotives (The Glasgow Story)  
  Jimmy Reid (SCRAN)  
  John Brown's Engineering (SCRAN)  
  Shipbuilding on the Clyde (SCRAN)  
  Decline of the shipyards (Education Scotland)  
  Jimmy Reid (Education Scotland)  
  Shipbuilding (The Glasgow Story)  

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