2014 COMMONWEALTH GAMES
WHERE IS IT: There are several locations, including Broomielaw Rail Bridge, Kingston Bridge Merchant City and Partick Train Station
In 2014, the city of Glasgow hosted the 2014 Commonwealth Games. As part of the celebrations, several murals were created depicting various sports, so of which are still present to this day.
Broomielaw Rail Bridge
Along the Broomielaw, on the five pillars that support under the Caledonian Railway Bridge, are five murals inspired by the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. Each features a different sport, all with a distinct colour palette. One depicts cycling, including a nod to Scottish cyclist Sir Chris Hoy. The others show rugby, track and field, and hockey, with the final one inspired by China’s top gymnastic team, draped in the red of their national flag.
A 10 minute walk west of Broomielaw will take you under the Kingston Bridge, where the pillars and supports have also been brought to sporting life with paint, depicting events such as swimming, bowling and weightlifting.
In Merchant City, two badminton players adorn the side of a building.
Partick Train Station
The wall opposite Partick train station depicts giantess hockey players mid-game.
About the artist
Glasgow based street artist Sam Bates a.k.a. Smug has been practising his craft for over fifteen years, having developed a photo-realistic style that he has freely exhibited up and down the country.
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