Mercury Rising
Mercury Rising
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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 Glasgow 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. And on the roof of either end of the building, there sits, almost bookend-like, identical neo-classical statues 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.


They were designed and created by public sculptor Alexander Stoddart, Sculptor in Ordinary to the Queen in Scotland; and the work at the Italian Centre was completed by architects Page & Park. This image of Mercury only scratches the surface of what is to be found there. Well worth a look if modern architecture is your thing.


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