The Why?s Man
"My art is place specific and people specific." George Wyllie
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ON THE WRONG TRACK
Diesel engines never seem
quite compatible to steam
or even electricity.
Alien to a railway track
blue exhaust and no smokestack
no wet steam or smoke that's gritty
Even the electric train
is cleaner though it's very plain
its appearance is a pity.
Why did they have to supercede
steam engines charging at full speed
on every inter-city?
George Wyllie's Straw Locomotive lives on in the memory of many who saw it, and it was one of his many scul?tures featuring trains. His love of trains had developed as a boy, and he would have witnessed the massive locomotives being transported along the streets of Glasgow to the Finnieston Crane. He made locomotive scul?tures large and small and even paid homage to toy train makers, Hornby.
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