Eye Spy Glasgow: The Messenger of the Gods in Glasgow's Italian Centre

If there is one thing Glasgow isn't short of, it's outstanding architecture.

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Sculptures, statues, friezes and other works of art adorn every city square and public space.

Most of the works were completed in the 19th and early 20th century - and they pop up in some of the most unlikely corners.

But if your architectural tastes are a bit more modern, then there is one part of the city that stands out above all others.

The Italian Centre in John Street was completed in the 1990s in an area that had been left in an almost derelict state.

The two statues I have posted are both of Mercury, the messenger of the Gods.

In Roman mythology he was also the God of financial gain, commerce, eloquence, poetry, travellers, boundaries, luck, trickery and thieves.

So perhaps Glasgow's Merchant City is an ideal place for him to be represented - for more than one reason.

The figure of Mercury holding a wand is one of two statues that sit side by side on a John Street building.

They were designed by architect Alexander Stoddart. The one pictured represents art, in the other he is seen holding a money pouch.

I am always tempted to call the naked standing figure Mercury Rising - but that's just my bad mind.

Again it's a very striking statue by the same sculptor.

The work at the Italian Centre was completed by architects Page & Park. These images of Mercury only scratch the surface of what is to be found there.

Worth a look if modern architecture is your thing.


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