An in­fer­nal vi­sion of Glas­gow’s land­marks

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FRANK TO, the en­tre­pre­neur­ial Glas­gow- based artist , has launched his lat­est ex­hi­bi­tion, Dante’s Di­vine Com­edy. To has based the ex­hi­bi­tion on par­al­lels be­tween the 14th-cen­tury epic poem and the “po­lit­i­cal, so­cial, his­tor­i­cal and fi­nan­cial up­heaval that mod­ern-day Glas­gow is cur­rently ex­pe­ri­enc­ing”.

To said: “Dur­ing the mak­ing of this work, I was in­spired by Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code and, more specif­i­cally, An­gels & De­mons, with his use of land­marks to sym­bol­ise alternative mean­ings.

Co­in­ci­den­tally, the best­selling Amer­i­can au­thor has an­nounced that the ti­tle of his next novel, to be pub­lished next month, is to be In­ferno, also in­spired by Dante.

To’s ex­hi­bi­tion features such in­stantly recog­nis­able Glas­gow land­marks as the NCP Car Park at Cow­cad­dens (por­trayed as The Sev­enth Cir­cle); Fin­nieston Crane; Provan Gas Works; the un­der­pass at St Ge­orge’s Cross Sub­way (in a paint­ing ti­tled The Bowge Cross­ing) as well as Ibrox, which is por­trayed as Limbo.

The ex­hi­bi­tion shows the artist him­self as Dante with his most fa­mous col­lec­tor, Star Trek ac­tor Sir Pa­trick Ste­wart, as­sum­ing the role of Ro­man poet Vir­gil. Dante’s Di­vine Com­edy, sup­ported by RBS, is at The Leith Gallery un­til April 27.

St Ge­orge’s Cross Sub­way, reimag­ined by Frank To

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