GIRL WITH MAGNIFYING GLASS
WHERE IS IT: Tucked away on Mitchell Street in the city centre, just off of the main thoroughfare of Argyle Street
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.
Originally from a small town near Sydney, Australia, he believes that Glasgow suffers from having a creative space for fellow street artists and graffiti experts. His well-earned reputation has allowed him to earn a living from his art, having been commissioned by Glasgow City Council to do a series of pieces promoting the 2014 Commonwealth Games when the city won the hosting duties.
This piece, simply known as Girl with Magnifying Glass, was only completed in 2012. Stretching up four storeys, it is unknown if this was a commission or of Smug’s own design, and if so, how he managed to get permission. In any case, it is a beautiful piece of work, the artist cleverly signing it with his moniker transformed into the girl’s necklace.
The highlights for those only in Glasgow for a day or two
Glasgow has a vast selection of museums and art galleries
Buildings and designs by Scotland's most famous architect
The pioneer of sustainable building with many examples across Glasgow