Glasgow High Street muralGlasgow High Street, photo by Corrie Martin

It took about a week to paint, though still needs a few finishing touches to the hand. As far as I’m aware it depicts Mungo in modern-day clothes. Mungo is Glasgow’s patron saint, born in the 6th century. The story goes that when he was young, some boys from his village started throwing stones at robins that were pecking on the ground for scraps.

“One bird was hit and fell to the ground. The boys ran away. Mungo ran, too, but he ran to the fallen bird. Picking it up he smoothed and caressed its feathers and prayed over it. After a little while it revived and flew away. Perhaps it was only stunned. The villagers called it a miracle and so it was that a small boy should want to help a fallen bird in trouble.”

Quoted from The Beloved St. Mungo (1989).

I’d much rather see that on gable ends around these parts. Via Lee Vickers.


Update: Photo of the finished piece over on Colossal.

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February 17, 2016

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This art on the street is awesome, also known as community art work. The beautiful thing about this kind of art is that it gives the artist an opportunity to create an identity for the local cummunity. The art will influence the ways and character of the people living in that local community. The mental states of the kids will be influenced as well. Color, Styles…

Community art work is a community development project. A social change innovation.

Saint Mungo? Looks more like Robin Williams from the Fisher King. Maybe smug used his likeness for this piece of astounding art.

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