A Glasgow Bouquet :: Shared Description

The following is an extract from the Merchant City Public Art Trail leaflet LinkExternal link .

By sculptor Doug Cocker LinkExternal link , commissioned to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the reconstitution of the Trades House and Merchants House. Cockerís idea was to echo the notion of a bouquet, but with tools in an open-weave basket rather than flowers in a vase.

There are ten tools in all, each symbolising a different trade or role. Six tools represent the trades of Glasgow - a tailorís square, a dyerís tongs, a cordinerís (shoemakerís) knife, a bakerís peel (the long-handed paddle used for moving bread in an oven), a wrightís (builderís) chisel and a masonís dividers. A shipís mast and a bobbin represent the role of the merchants, while a mace and a crozier are symbolic of the city in its civic and ecclesiastical roles.

The tools were constructed by Cocker in wood and cast in bronze at Powderhall Bronze in Edinburgh. The basket was fabricated at McGarries of Perth in sheet bronze from Cockerís original made in strip oak. The granite column it is mounted on was quarried and made in China from a stone chosen to blend with the yellow sandstone of the buildings surrounding the sculpture. The sculpture is located so that it faces down Garth Street to the front of The Trades Hall of Glasgow, whilst behind it is the façade of the former Merchants House before it relocated to its current home in George Square.

The piece was made in 2005, and housed at the Peopleís Palace winter gardens until Hutcheson Street was re-paved in summer 2010. The project was funded by Glasgow City Council, The Trades House and Merchants House.

by Thomas Nugent
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NS5965 : Sculpture "A Glasgow Bouquet" on Hutcheson Street by Thomas Nugent
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Created: Sun, 30 Jun 2019, Updated: Sun, 30 Jun 2019

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