Return To Kelvingrove
Return To Kelvingrove
By: jbhthescots@mac.com, Categories: Words & Images, 1 comment

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While Dali’s iconic masterpiece, Christ of Saint John of the Cross, is the most valued exhibit at Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, this fibre-glass statue of Elvis, by artist Sean Read, is easily the one most ordinary punters like to take selfies of; and there’s rarely 15 minutes goes by without catching someone striking a similar pose beside it!

 

But last year Elvis left the building, so to speak.  The ‘Return to Sender’ sculpture was in need of some Love Me Tender care to have his flashing halo finally fixed and his Vegas light blue onsie was given a lick of paint before he was returned once again to his usual spot in the museum.  Thank you. Thank you very much, as the King would say.

 

Elvis’ ancestral roots can be traced to Scotland, going Way On Down to the 1700s, to the village of Lomnay in Aberdeenshire.  Scotland was also the location for The King’s only visit to the UK, a brief two-hour landing at Prestwick Airport in 1960 that apparently descended into mayhem when someone let it be known he would be there, and screaming fans mobbed him. Wearing his full military uniform, he sportingly posed for pictures, hugged fans and then asked: “Where am I?”.

 

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