Abstract bird finds a new perch in city

THE wraps are being taken off a controversial bronze sculpture which once divided opinions in Glasgow.

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The Spirit of Kentigern sculpture has been unveiled at the Briggait
The Spirit of Kentigern sculpture has been unveiled at the Briggait

The Spirit of Kentigern, which sat for more than two decades outside the House of Fraser store in Buchanan Street, is making a comeback at The Briggait - the city's old fish market.

Many thought the abstract statue of a bird was "ugly", even though it depicted the story of Glasgow founder St Mungo - also known as St Kentigern - who is said to have brought back to life a wild robin.

The bird is one of the city's four symbols - all representing miracles said to have been performed by St Mungo.

The others symbols which form the city's coat of arms are 'the tree that never grew, the fish that never swam and the bell that never rang'.

The statue, by sculptor Neil Livingstone, stood in Buchanan Street from 1977 until 2001.

The exhibition, Reclaimed: The Second Life of Sculpture, is being staged at The Briggait from Saturday until May 2.

The show is the largest ever staged by the Wasps Artists' Studios, which now uses the former 19th century fish market as its headquarters.

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