The Why?s Man

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

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Another component of the WhysMan festival has been the placing of question marks along the river, the Big Clyde Question Marks. While making trips up to the exhibition and to the special events there, classes have been keeping an eye out for the questions at the old timberyards at Parklea, where the timber ponds once seasoned the wood to be used in the nearby shipyards, and also at Langbank.

It's not only schools which have been celebrating George Wyllie's work, community groups have also been getting involved by designing questions which have placed in the river. More than 30 have been created.

St Fillan's PS, Renfrewshire has been asked to decorate two of the question marks, representing all of the schools. Each pupil in P4 has created a simple depiction of one of the articles in the UNICEF rights of the child charter, as the school continues forward on its Rights Respecting School journey.

With the help of Ferguson Shipbuilders in Port Glasgow, a giant question mark was also created and just before the exhibition opened, the question mark hung from the Finnieston Crane, just as Wyllie's Straw Locomotive and Paper Boat had done.

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