Eye Spy Glasgow: Look up and you will see the angel

Residents of this city have a habit of doing what is known as the Glasgow Walk - in other words they don't look up.

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The result is that much of what goes on above head height goes unnoticed by many Glaswegians.

That would include this stunning sculpture at the west end of Sauchiehall Street.

It's a fair bet that thousands of people have crowded into the building now occupied by Club 520 and its previous incarnations The Velvet Rooms, Bed, Guru, Classrooms and Blanket.

But how many have taken the time to look up at the roof and wonder at the large statue of an angel holding two flutes, like the god Pan?

Eagle-eyed readers of this column will know that Eye-Spy Glasgow has visited this building before.

The building was formerly T A Ewing's Piano and Harmonium Emporium and, at the back entrance facing on to Renfrew Street, is a giant bust of Ludwig van Beethoven.

The sculpture facing Sauchiehall Street is called Harmony and depicts a winged angel with what look like pan pipes.

Sculptor James Alexander Ewing - the brother of the shop owner Thomas Alfred Ewing - completed the work in the 1890s.

He was a prolific sculptor, best known for the Angel statue in Paisley Road West on the former Ogg Brothers Drapery Warehouse, now known simply as the Angel Building.

Harmony stands overlooking the row of buildings between Charing Cross mansions and the former Beresford Hotel.

It is a stunning piece of work. And the only advice I can offer to Glaswegians is, at least when you are passing that area, look up and enjoy the view.

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