Sunday, 8 November 2015

Locomotion Sculpture

What is it?

Locomotion is a bronze sculpture of a man running within two large hoops representing wheels.  For me it's one of the best pieces of public art on display in Glasgow and it's passed by thousands of motorists and pedestrians daily.  You should stop and have a look. 
 
It symbolises motion and to me at least represents the power of human endeavour, perseverance and invention.

Locomotion by Frank Cossell (1967) (Gertie_DU) Tags: uk greatbritain sculpture statue mobile bronze scotland phone alba unitedkingdom glasgow cell samsung galaxy gb 1967 locomotion s4 lanarkshire cosse buchananhouse portdundasroad frankcossell gti9505 samsunggalaxy4 fcossellImage result for locomotion sculpture glasgowLocomotion by Frank Cossell (1967) (Gertie_DU) Tags: uk greatbritain sculpture statue mobile bronze scotland phone alba unitedkingdom glasgow cell samsung galaxy gb 1967 locomotion s4 lanarkshire cosse colorfulworld buchananhouse portdundasroad frankcossell gti9505 samsunggalaxy4 fcossellLocomotion by Frank Cossell (1967) (Gertie_DU) Tags: uk greatbritain sculpture statue mobile bronze circle scotland phone alba unitedkingdom glasgow cell samsung galaxy round gb 1967 shape locomotion s4 lanarkshire cosse tcf buchananhouse thechallengefactory portdundasroad frankcossell gti9505 samsunggalaxy4 fcossell
 
 
Where is it?

The sculpture can be found at 58 Port Dundas Road, Glasgow, G4 0HL outside Buchanan House, formerly ScotRail House.

This is the site of the former Buchanan Street train station.

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@55.8669666,-4.2542469,3a,37.5y,64.47h,92.95t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sK3mMydttKdq3lreT_oGGqw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656?hl=en-GB

http://urbanglasgow.co.uk/archive/buchanan-street-railway-station__o_t__t_414.html




When was it built?

As best I can make out the sculpture was erected in 1967.

Whose responsible for its design?

The then British Rail commissioned the English sculptor Frank Cossell to design Locomotion.  
 
The sculptors studio was in Hearne Bay, Kent and the sculpture was returned there in 1988 to be refurbished before being returned to it's Glasgow home the same year.  An occasion recorded by the Glasgow Herald newspaper at the time.   
 


What's nearby?
 
Other links?

 https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/

http://www.citysightseeingglasgow.co.uk/