Glasgow is looking for love
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