Glasgow’s ‘Bigman’ may yet rise
FORTH & CLYDE
THIS ARTIST’S IMPRESSION shows a striking three-way bridge planned for Stockingfield Junction, where the Forth & Clyde Canal’s Glasgow Branch meets its Main Line in north Glasgow. But it might become even more dramatic, as the inset picture shows. Before the economic downturn put paid to the idea, the 100ft tall ‘Bigman’ statue (designed by artist Andy Scott, responsible for the Kelpies) was planned to hold up the bridge using cables. Now, Scottish Canals is keen to re-start the project (possibly with a new version of the Bigman leaning on the support pylon). The towpath is increasingly busy with the regeneration of the area and has had £ 8m spent on it in recent years, but at present walkers needing to cross the canal at the junction must pass under a tight single-lane road aqueduct with no pavements.