Alasdair Gray’s public artwork ‘All Kinds of Folk’ was unveiled recently at Hillhead Subway Station. The mural, commissioned by SPT, depicts a central cityscape featuring Kelvingrove, The Botanic Gardens and Byres Road in Glasgow’s West End, where Alasdair has lived since 1969.
“My crazy vanity that wants to produce big and impressive things has carried on as usual.”
We were commissioned to produce the promotional artwork for the unveiling of the mural, which was the first public artwork to be commissioned for Glasgow’s Subway modernisation strategy. A concertina was designed to feature the artwork in its entirety alongside 16 panels which frame each end and feature a menagerie of unicorns, birds of paradise, owls, dogs and devils. We also created animations to promote the mural across Glasgow’s Subway network.
Gray commented “I have lived and worked in the district since 1969, and I knew I would enjoy depicting it, and those who use the subway, in a symbolic and humorous way. This has been a highly detailed and complex work. My crazy vanity that wants to produce big and impressive things has carried on as usual, but I am happy with the outcome, and I hope others will enjoy it as well.”