That’s what I call high art: Painter turns city on head

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This is Scot­land’s big­gest city as it has never been seen be­fore.

Artist Matthew Ell­wood is us­ing his tow­er­ing tal­ent to reimag­ine Bri­tain’s towns and cities as if their most fa­mous build­ings and land­marks were piled on top of each other.

He has just com­pleted his big­gest chal­lenge yet – cap­tur­ing Glas­gow ver­ti­cally.

Matthew has high­lighted many of the city’s best-known sights in­clud­ing the Fin­nieston Crane, the Waverly pad­dle steamer, Ten­nent’s Well­park Brew­ery and the neon Bar­row­land Ball­room sign. Else­where, the de­tail is in­cred­i­ble.

He has even in­cluded the fa­mous Duke of Welling­ton statue with the traf­fic cone stuck on top – and flames can be seen leap­ing from the roof of the School of Art.

“It took me six months to do the Tower of Glas­gow but it was worth it,” Matthew, from Durham, said. “My big­gest prob­lem was de­cid­ing what to leave out.”

In the end, Matthew omit­ted two of the city’s most recog­nis­able sights – Celtic Park and Ibrox Sta­dium.

“I know how pas­sion­ate the Old Firm fans are and I didn’t want to risk of­fend­ing any­one,” he said.

Matthew also re­cently spent three months camp­ing across Scot­land to cap­ture all 127 of our whisky dis­til­leries. “I’m think­ing of calling this one The Wee Tower of Tip­ple,” he said.

Matthew Ell­wood

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