A series of colourful sculptures of Clyde – the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games mascot – went on display in the city.
‘Clyde’s Trail’ made of 25 unique life-sized fibreglass statues popped-up at locations across Glasgow ahead of the Games opening in July 2014.
Children and young people were asked to come up with a range of new outfits for Clyde as part of a legacy project run earlier this year by Glasgow City Council and Glasgow 2014 in partnership with children’s charity UNICEF.
(l-r) Niamh Carey (11) and Mahnoor Ahmed (12)
Pupils from Glasgow’s nurseries, primary and secondary schools were invited to submit designs inspired by the city itself.
Nearly 200 entries were received with themes reflecting iconic landmarks, architecture and people, such as the River Clyde, the SSE Hydro and Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
The 25 brightly-painted sculptures were brought to life by Wild in Art using local and national artists.
(l-r) David Grevemberg, Niamh Carey, Mahnoor Ahmed and Cllr Matheson
They were unveiled at Clyde’s Workshop in the St Enoch Centre by Niamh Carey (11) from St Ninian’s Primary School and Mahnoor Ahmed (12) from Shawlands Primary School – whose designs are among the sculptures – alongside Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council and David Grevemberg, Chief Executive of Glasgow 2014.
As the friendly face of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, Clyde’s role was to bring the personality of the Games to life.
Glasgow 2014 Chief Executive, David Grevemberg, said: “Clyde has really captured the imagination of everyone, young and old, across the nation and you can see this in the reaction people have had as the Queen’s Baton Relay makes its way around the country.”
UNICEF’s Commonwealth Games Project Director, Tom Burstow, said “What a great way to have a bit of fun during Games time. I really hope the trail, along with our very own UNICEF Clyde on St Enoch Square in the centre of Glasgow, will encourage everyone to support our Children of the Commonwealth Fund and have a go at tracking down all the sculptures across the city.”
Photo credit: People Make Glasgow