Town Mouse

Glas­gow is look­ing for love

Country Life Every Week - - Town & Country -

ITEND to for­get be­tween vis­its how ex­hil­a­rat­ing it is to walk into the hall of Kelv­in­grove Art Gallery and Mu­seum in Glas­gow. The only sad­ness on this oc­ca­sion was that I had just missed the lunchtime con­cert on the vast or­gan that dom­i­nates the in­te­rior. I con­soled my­self in­stead with a hur­ried reprise of its trea­sures, from Dalí to Rem­brandt. The gal­leries were pleas­antly busy and, in the dis­tance, was the hum of con­ver­sa­tion from the main hall. As a loved and in­ten­sively used tem­ple of the Arts, it’s hard to beat.

Kelv­in­grove is just one out of the scores of pub­lic build­ings—tes­ti­mony to the city’s ex­tra­or­di­nary for­mer wealth—that give Glas­gow an ar­chi­tec­tural back­drop wor­thy of a Euro­pean cap­i­tal. The city doesn’t al­ways feel as loved as it de­serves, how­ever, and there is some won­der­ful ar­chi­tec­ture— most fa­mously, the Egyp­tian Halls—that is wast­ing away trag­i­cally amid the bus­tle of life. In this re­gard, my eye was re­peat­edly caught by the ubiq­ui­tous legend ‘Peo­ple make Glas­gow’, part of a re­cent re­brand­ing of the city. By a de­li­cious irony, it is most promi­nently dis­played in vast let­ters across the up­per seven floors of a tower block over­look­ing Ge­orge Square. The build­ing ap­pears to be derelict. JG

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