Saturday, 24 April 2010


GoMA is the Gallery of Modern Art in Royal Exchange Square, housed in this great building erected in 1778 as a Tobacco Lord's town house. When I lived in the  area it was a library: Stirling's Library. It became a gallery in 1996 (and retains  a library in the basement).  At school we were taught nothing about the fact that buildings such as this were erected on the backs of slaves (see the entry for St Andrew's in the Square, Churches)
The Duke of Wellington here sometimes has a traffic cone on his head, which tourist guidebooks refer to as an example of the delightfully lighthearted, irreverent, etc,  side of Glasgow: Indeed, a pic of the beconed Duke once appeared on a poster advertising the city. It happens much less since the statue of Donald Dewar appeared around the corner in Buchanan St and it too soon acquired a cone. But this was not funny at all and Donald was put on a plinth and coning the Duke seems to have been also discouraged

The Duke acquired a wee gullfriend for a while

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