As Proud As…
As Proud As…
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Standing equally proud as they share the same plinth in Springfield Court, which you’ll find located at the rear entrance (no pun intended) of Princes Square, are a man and a peacock, whose tail feathers lie flat, wrapping around the side of the column both stand upon.

 

The piece, titled “As Proud As….”, is newish to Glasgow. It was erected in 2000 and is one of many new public art installations by local Glasgow sculptor Shona Kinloch that you’ll now find dotted around the city. All her work is figurative (birds, animals, and chunky people) and often come with a hint of humour attached to them.

 

The elusive title stems, of course, from the phrase “as proud as a peacock.” It has been suggested that the small bronze bird mirrors the giant metal peacock that adorns the front of the Princes Square building. Yet here it is the man who stands tall, hands clasped, staring north and very, very naked, who appears to be more of an exhibitionist than the peacock hiding behind him!

 

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