Gallowgate Patterns

Public Artwork | Calton, Glasgow

Dress for the Weather were appointed, via a public tender, as lead artist and project managers for a new artwork on Gallowgate. The artwork was installed as part of the construction of a new supermarket development with the client group comprising of members of Glasgow Life, Calton Area Association, Platform Arts, Trongate 103 and Macdonald Estates (the supermarket developer).

The client group understood the potential impact of a large development on the Calton area and while our appointment was in one respect to deliver the work itself, it also became about engaging with as many local groups as possible in the hope that a feeling of input and ownership was engendered towards the artwork.

The artwork includes a series of images that represent the wider context of Calton - these include stories from Calton resident, references to industrial past of the area and abstract representations of the architecture and urban fabric.  This content was collected through a range of engagement events and activities before being turned into the graphic representations seen on the artwork.

The work itself is made from around 5 tonnes of steel that has been galvanised and powder coated. There are six individual frames, fixed between the existing columns of the building, that contain 35 panels. There is a mix of solid and patterned panels - which contain the stories and context of Calton at the time of fabrication.

The colour of the panels has been influenced by the local shop fronts of the nearby Barras. There is a scale, rhythm and vibrancy to the street which is unique to Glasgow. Our colour selection and placement of panels was designed to reflect this character and bring an element of interest and intrigue to an otherwise blank facade. The artwork also reflects its location on a main entry point to the city.

Project Steering Group: Glasgow Life, Calton Area Association, Trongate 103, Platform Arts, Madconald Estates and Glasgow City Council

Project Engineer: Struer Consulting Enginneers

Artwork Fabrication: Scott Associates