Where Are You George Wyllie?

simpsonvisuals

Glasgow, United Kingdom

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A photograph of the quirky metal question mark sculptures dotted along the shore of Port Glasgow and Langbank at Gourock on the Firth of Clyde, Scotland. By Inverclyde artist Alec Galloway, the question marks appear and disappear with the tide. The sculptures, staked on wooden pillars used in the old timber ponds, pay tribute to Scottish sculptor George Wyllie who described himself as a scul?tor because he wanted to provoke questions and discussion, also because he wasn’t formally trained. George died at the grand old age of 90 in May 2012. My personal favourite sculpture by George is The Running Clock at Buchanan Street Bus Station in Glasgow, closely followed by the giant safety pin called Monument to Maternity at Rottenrow, also in Glasgow. I’ve added yet more question marks to the skies above the sculptures, some in tartan. My favourite quote by George: ‘When you are genuine about your art, it strikes a chord and everything is alright.’ I think George would have a good chuckle at this tribute.

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