Glasgow: Walking The Clyde

A recent trip to Glasgow revealed a peculiar piece of street art.

The muddy waters of the Clyde, fringed with flotsam brought up-river by the tide, laps at the walls of the promenade. The river acting as a mirror, reflected the dirty skies overhead. The roads and pavements were greasy, It had been raining, and it would almost certainly be raining again before the day was out.

As I wandered along the riverfront, taking advantage of the break in the clouds, I came across a surprising discovery. As the walls and stairways leading up to the road stepped back dramatically, a giant tiger wreathed in flame emerges. This graffiti big-cat stands poised against a background of black brick, as if prowling.

It’s fiery tendrils defining it as some mythical beast, a hunter standing guard at the base of the South Portland St. Bridge. A surprising discovery to make on any Scottish riverfront.

16 thoughts on “Glasgow: Walking The Clyde

  1. You asked for for comments on your writing, and it was one of the things that struck me when I was reaing this post “This young fellow is a good writer”!

    • Reminds me of the ancient legend of Cath Palug, a mythical big cat hunted in the Dark Ages in Anglesey by Cai, one of King Arthur’s warriors, the future Sir Kay. Along with others I’m inclined to believe this represent the lynx, now extinct in Britain but definitely alive in the post-Roman period. Clydeside would be a very appropriate site to commemorate the beast!

  2. Wow, this is really a unique piece of street art! The big cat almost looks inspired by the drawings of Chinese dragons, mostly in the details of the head. And who would have thought you’d find it on the streets of Glasgow! Good find!

    And thanks for checking out “Here to Conquer” by the way. I look forward to your future blog posts as well.

  3. I thought your writing style was great; poetic and evocative but not at all long-winded. It’s not often I find writing that adds to the photo (which I like as well) but here you’ve managed to create a kind of story around it that I feel enhances the over effect. Well done 🙂

  4. Hey: great blog! I’ll be back. I’ve posted my comment here because I’ve just read Owen Hatherley’s excellent “A new kind of bleak”, which includes chapters about Glasgow and its environs. You may wish to check the book out. Interesting stuff. Aberdeen is covered, too. Ooops: and Edinburgh. Glad you like “In search of unusual destinations”, by the way. Phil.

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