Wild West End
Wild West End
By: jbhthescots@mac.com, Categories: Words & Images, 2 comments

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My favourite piece of public art is on Woodlands Road in Glasgow, on the cusp of the city’s west end – the ‘Wild West End’ as the case may well be, because that’s where you’ll find the world’s only two-legged equestrian statue, called El Fideldo (or “Elfie” for short), who is carrying on her back Lobey Dosser, a cartoon sheriff, and his persistent nemesis, Rank Bajin (a right bad one in the Glaswegian vernacular).

 

The bronze effigy pays homage to the work of Bud Neil, the legendary Partick cartoonist whose “Lobey Dosser” comic strip appeared regularly in the city’s Evening Times through the 1950s.  Capitalising on the interest in Westerns of the time – and an outlet for the artist’s childhood love of westerns – it’s the surreal adventures of the Sheriff of Calton Creek, a township in the Arizona desert that for some reason or other seemed to be populated entirely by Glaswegians.

 

Bud’s cartoon strip (which had a revival in the early 1970s) was my first vivid recollection of waiting patiently in the family hierarchy to read a newspaper  – and being the youngest in a family of seven, it was often a long wait. The statue was installed in 1996 and paid for by donations following an appeal in the Diary columns of the Glasgow Herald (the Evening Times’  big sister). Art students Tony Morrow and Nick Gillon took no fee for designing and building the monument.

 

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