CHARLES RENNIE MACKINTOSH
WHERE IS IT? Between Anderson and Finnieston, where the end of St. Vincent Street merges with Argyle Street
In 2018, on the 90th anniversary of Charles Rennie Mackintosh's death, a statue was unveiled in his honour. This was his first ever statue, which is surprising given how much the architect and designer has influenced Glasgow.
The towering statue depicts Mackintosh as a giant, poised in one of his famous chairs from his Willow Tea Rooms. It was designed by Andy Scott, himself a graduate of the Glasgow School of Art, which Mackintosh designed.
The statue was commissioned by Sanctuary Group to mark the completion of the affordable housing provider’s £60 million regeneration of Anderston, Glasgow. Mackintosh's statue rests at the north west corner of this estate.
The statue's creator spoke about how Mackintosh had influenced his career.
"Most of my memories as a Glasgow School of Art student have Mr Mackintosh’s beautiful building as a backdrop. His distinctive architectural styling and the sculpted detailing of that building undoubtedly influenced my career path. I am immensely proud to have created this distinctive bronze statue of him, especially here in his home city. There can’t be many Scots who deserve recognition more than Charles Rennie Mackintosh, a view I am delighted to say is shared by Sanctuary Group.”
The statue was originally created in clay before it was cast into bronze. It weighs just over three tons, is 2.8 metres tall and sits atop a 2.2 metre plinth. In true Glasgow fashion, it occasionally sports a traffic cone for a hat.
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