Return Of The Blob
Return Of The Blob
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Here’s a blast from the past, a controversial Glasgow bronze statue, ‘The Spirit Of Kentigern’, which perched for more than two decades outside the House of Fraser store in Buchanan Street, baffling shoppers and dividing critics into those who loathed it and those who simply tried to forget it.


Arguably it was the most reviled piece of public sculpture in Scotland, even although the abstract statue of the bird depicted the story of Glasgow founder St Mungo – also known as St Kentigern – who is said to have brought back to life a wild robin. It was the first modern art installation in the city, and all the more controversial because it didn’t represent imperialism, and nor did it have Sir Walter Scott, Robert Burns or John Knox atop it.  


More often than not, it was referred to by Glaswegians as “The Blob”, and usually mistaken for a ship’s propeller, a whale, or something glimpsed on a bad acid trip. It was part of city life from 1977 till 2001 and then put in storage because it didn’t fit in with Buchanan Street’s snazzy new streetscaping. But now Glasgow City Council has brought it back to life by loaning the Spirit of Kentigern to the City of Glasgow College, and its new resting place can be found close to the Allan Glen’s entrance of the City campus, just off Cathedral Street. 


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  • Interesting photo, John. I can see the resemblance to a ship's propeller, but also a bird in flight. I may have asked you this before, but how do you like the Plustek. Looked at one at Glazer's the other day.
    Cheers, Don

    • Don, The Plustek is one of the best value-for-money scanners out there, if you are only looking for 35mm - and you don't need to go to the expense of the 8100. The 7600i has the same IQ as the 8100 - only difference is that it is supplied with latest Silverfast scanning software. Silverfast is expensive and cumbersome - better off getting Vuescan.