Land Of The Giants
Land Of The Giants
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The idea of street art is surely that it is often reacting against things, it is temporary and spontaneous, whereas nowadays much of the stuff in Glasgow has been commissioned by the city council and even features in a city centre walking tour leaflet.


And this colossal one in today’s photo, that adorns the gable end of a building on Mitchell Street, behind upmarket store House of Frasers – Glasgow’s answer to Harrods, though with less Arabs – is called “Honey I Shrunk the Kids”, by the Australian-born, and now Glasgow-based graffiti artist Sam Bates (AKA Smug), who has been practising his craft for over fifteen years, having developed a photo-realistic style that he has freely exhibited up and down the country.


The Disney Honey I Shrunk… franchise is obviously a bit too modern for my nostalgic fix – but every time I see this image, it brings back childhood memories from the early 1970s, and running home from school on a Thursday to watch arguably the best of Irwin Allen’s classic US sci-fi TV imports (others being Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea and Lost in Space), Land of the Giants, that for some god-forsaken reason had a scheduled starting time of 4.25pm.


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