Eye Spy Glasgow: Tiger Tiger burning bright

A walk along a Glasgow street nowadays doesn't just reflect the city's rich heritage - it reveals how multi-cultural a place it now is.

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Last week this column highlighted the church in the West End where Polish soldiers worshipped during World War 2.

There are representatives of almost every country on earth in Glasgow - and most have left their mark.

A walk across Jamaica Street bridge reveals one of the most striking and dramatic images.

Painted on a black wall on Clyde Street is a massive piece of graffiti art depicting a tiger, commissioned in 2010 to mark the Chinese Year of the Tiger.

The tiger is shown chasing a large ball of string and the mural is wrapped round three walls so it can be seen "folded in" on itself.

But it wasn't the city's Chinese community that commissioned the piece - it was the idea of the Singapore-based Tiger Beer company.

A plaque on the wall beside the tiger explains the reasoning behind what was called the Tiger Lucky Eight project.

It says: "Tiger Beer has commissioned a unique series of collaborations curated by Josef Valentine across the UK to celebrate 2010 the Year of the Tiger. Five of these represent the elements of the Chinese zodiac: Water, Earth, Wood, Fire and Metal.

"This mural, depicting Fire, was designed and produced by McFaul Studio, whose creative director John McFaul's family hail from the city of Glasgow."

The mural is close to the South Portland Street suspension bridge and strikingly visible from the south bank of the river.

It took the McFaul workers three days to complete the project and a time-lapse Youtube video shows the work from beginning to end in two minutes, 20 seconds.

The end result is an epic, psychedelic, fiery piece of work.

The Lucky Eight project also saw murals being completed in Birmingham, Brighton, London and Manchester

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