An infernal vision of Glasgow’s landmarks
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