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The blog entry Wild West End highlights my favourite piece of public art in Glasgow, namely the famous “Lobey Dosser” bronze sculpture on Woodlands Road.  But unfortunately the council removed it recently after it was vandalised by – as we would say in the Glasgow vernacular, and immortalised as Lobey’s archenemy – a “Rank Baijin”.


But fear not, because there’s also now a relatively new companion piece, the “G.I. Bride”.  For those, like me, who as a kid lived through the early 1970s revival of Partick-born cartoonist Bud Neil’s original 1950s Glasgow cowboy surrealism, you will recall that the G.I. Bride lived in his mythical Calton Creek, a small town in the Arizona desert which was populated solely by Glaswegian emigrants. However, like many real-life Scottish women she had married a G.I. and followed him to what she thought would be a better life in American only to return home disillusioned.  


In the cartoon strip which she appeared in from time to time – usually with nothing at all to do with the storyline; originally a ’filler’ who went on to became a popular reoccurring theme  – she was depicted looking suitably forlorn, with her baby son Ned under her arm, constantly trying to thumb a lift back to Glasgow off of a passing posse or stagecoach, often with the one-word plea “Pertick?”


Well, after all those years thumbing  a lift, she finally made it back to “Pertick” by now being immortalised in bronze in her home town with this 2011 statue by sculpture Ranald Maccoll. It was commissioned for the refurbishment of the new Partick Railway and Underground Station by patrons of the arts Colin Beattie in partnership with Strathclyde Public Transport and C. Spencer Ltd. 


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