THE ITALIAN CENTRE

WHERE IS IT: Just west of George Square, where Ingram Street meets John Street

The Italian Centre boasts an array of statues and sculptures from a trio of artists; the first is Alexander Stoddart's series on Mercury and Italia that adorn the exterior of the building, Jack Sloan's steel figures decorate the interior walls of the courtyard, while Shona Kinloch's 'Thinking of Bella' is found in the centre.



Once you wander inside the courtyard, you will see Jack Sloan's galvanised steel sculptures, which are more abstract figures compared to the other two artists, using curving lines to suggest human limbs.


Last, but by no means least, is Shona Kinloch's 'Thinking of Bella.' Her instantly recognisable rounded figures take centre stage in the courtyard, with a man and his dog facing once another, both staring up at the sky in wonder.



Opened in 1991, the Italian Centre was designed by Page & Park Architects, whose originally had offices within the complex. They took inspiration from the Italian palazzo style, with a central courtyard as the focus, while the building offers a mix of residential space, offices, cafes and shops. To keep with the Italian theme, it was home to the UK's first Versace store, as well as Emporio Armani, who are now located further along Ingram Street.


Regardless of which shops call the Italian Centre home, the statues here are timeless. Alexander Stoddart's series of works are most visible. The statue representing Italia is the easiest to spot, standing atop the centre's roof, staring down the length of Glassford Street. The other three around the build are various versions of the Roman god Mercury - Mercury, Mercurial, and Mercurius.


Once you wander inside the courtyard, you will see Jack Sloan's galvanised steel sculptures, which are more abstract figures compared to the other two artists, using curving lines to suggest human limbs.


Last, but by no means least, is Shona Kinloch's 'Thinking of Bella.' Her instantly recognisable rounded figures take centre stage in the courtyard, with a man and his dog facing once another, both staring up at the sky in wonder.



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