BIG G AND CLYDE STATUES MAKE PERMANENT RETURN
TO GLASGOW AS LEGACY OF THE BEST GAMES EVER
Some of the
best loved and most popular characters that took up residence in Glasgow during
the Commonwealth Games are returning to the city as part of the legacy of the
Best Games Ever. The iconic “Big G”, the sculptures of the Games mascot which
made up the Clyde trail and the giant floral Clyde displays are all going back
on public display it has been confirmed during Legacy Week.
The “Big G”,
a 3D sculpture of the Games logo, which was positioned on George Square and
provided the backdrop for countless selfies and other images during the Games
is to be permanently positioned outside the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.
The 3D sculpture is to undergo some preparatory work before it becomes a
permanent part of the Glasgow landscape positioned next to the Argyll Street
entrance of Kelvingrove which is visited by more than a million people a year.
22 of the
lifesize statues of Clyde, each of which has an outfit specially designed by
local schoolchildren, will start reappearing at Games venues and public
buildings around the city during Legacy Week (March 9 – 15). Each council ward
in the city will have one of the fiberglass statues which made up the hugely
popular Clyde Trail that delighted people in Glasgow in the lead up to and
during the Games. The brightly-painted sculptures were brought to life by Wild
in Art using local and national artists.
loved giant floral displays of Clyde are also about to make a return to Glasgow
in time for visitors to the city during spring and summer to appreciate them at
their very best. One is heading back to Glasgow Green where it was seen by hundreds
of thousands of people attending the Festival 2014 Live Zone or Games events
and a second will be based outside the Riverside Museum on the banks of the
Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow City
Marketing Bureau said: “No-one who was in Glasgow last summer can be in any
doubt just how brightly the city shone on the global stage whilst delivering
the Best Ever Games. The whole city came together in one huge celebration of
Scotland’s biggest ever sporting and cultural event and the return of the Clyde
statues, the floral Clydes and the iconic Big G is yet another highly visible
legacy of Glasgow 2014. The city is already reaping huge benefits from Games
legacy and we remain determined to maintain the momentum already generated.”
Games venues such as Hampden Stadium, Emirates Arena, Tollcross International
Swimming Centre and Scotstoun Sport Campus will each house one of the Clyde
Trail sculptures. Glasgow City Chambers, Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Tramway,
Pollok Civic Realm, Hillhead, Partick, Baillieston, Cardonald and Pollokshaws
Libraries will also be home to a statue. Glasgow Club Castlemilk, Bellahouston,
Donald Dewar, Maryhill, and Springburn as well as The Bridge in Easterhouse, Milton
Community Campus, Toryglen Regional Football Centre and Whitehill Pool complete
the list of venues for Clyde statues.
(9-15 March) is an opportunity for communities, organisations and individuals
across the city to highlight the work and achievements of their Games
related-projects, demonstrating the lasting and positive impact they are having
on people’s lives.
chance to celebrate our legacy success so far and look to the future as we
continue to encourage participation in these projects that help to make our
city healthier, greener and more prosperous for all of our citizens.
Glasgow City Council, Legacy Week, will show that hosting the Glasgow 2014
Commonwealth Games was much more than putting on a sporting event, it has
changed our city for the better and will benefit us for years to come.