A Sculpture by Andy Scott
Unveiled in 1997, this sculpture has become one of the best known artworks in the Glasgow area. It is sited on Glasgow Business Park beside the M8 motorway, and stands 4 metres tall at the head. The huge Clydesdale has become synonymous with the city and has been taken to the hearts of the local people in the Easterhouse area.

It is made of welded steel bars which vary from 6 to 20mm in diameter, and is galvanized.

In keeping with many of Andy’s commissions it offers numerous levels of interpretation: heavy goods transport, agriculture, the steel industry once prevalent in the area, and even the Clydesdale breed itself which was originally bred in Lanarkshire.

However the true inspiration was as a metaphor for the city of Glasgow. Once a proud industrial manufacturing city, the city has now refashioned itself for the 21st century as a show city of culture… the horse was once a beast of burden, but the sculpture stands free of the bridles of work and has its mane and tail in pleats and ribbons for exhibition, yet is magnificently reminiscent of its hard working ancestry.

This sculpture has become a gateway icon to the city. It has been adopted in numerous advertising and merchandising campaigns and 2007 sees it’s 10th anniversary.

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if only life was not so short
Maybe then there would be time
to do all the that i could write down here
like travel the world and photograph it all
But hay hoy theres allways tomorrow.

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  • Antoine Dagobert
    Antoine Dagobertalmost 7 years ago

    Amazing work..superb image! Well done

  • James  Ireland
    James Irelandalmost 7 years ago

    good dad

  • Zeanana
    Zeananaalmost 7 years ago

    Wow… what… is that? A statue? Something you didn in photoshop`? A painting? Eitherway it looks amazing !!!
    What a great homage to the working horse!!!

  • SylviaHardy
    SylviaHardyalmost 7 years ago

    This is gorgeous! The blue sky and that lovely green grass is doing this sculpture justice – beautifully photographed Alan, well done!

  • James  Ireland
    James Irelandalmost 7 years ago

    this is the way the photo was taken a few hours ago just out side glasgow, however i did have to climb into an area next to the motorway to get the shot.

  • Alan Findlater
    Alan Findlateralmost 7 years ago

    sorry about that my son was logged in i did not notice

  • SylviaHardy
    SylviaHardyalmost 7 years ago

    Your son has an exellent eye for a good photograph! Don’t appologise, just smile with us! ;-p

  • Bryan Villamin
    Bryan Villaminalmost 7 years ago

    Yeah, what is this? A photograph or a digital manipulation? Either way, it’s very interesting.

  • Alan Findlater
    Alan Findlateralmost 7 years ago

    its a photo no touch up at all

  • Robert Elliott
    Robert Elliottalmost 7 years ago

    Wow what a great photo !!

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