Vibrant mural brings splash of colour to city centre lane

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Ida Henrich.
Ida Henrich.

A VIBRANT new mural has brought a splash of colour to a city centre lane.

The large-scale public artwork, by Glasgow art school graduate Ida Henrich, has transformed the "dingy" Reid Lane in Garnethill into a colourful space.

Courtesy of a collaboration between the community, St Aloysius College and the Glasgow School of Art, the mural celebrates the idea of Care for the Common Home and has now been added to the City Centre Mural Trail.

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Ida, who graduated in 2017, ran workshops with the S3 class of St Aloysius, as well as two sessions with the children's art group at Garnethill Multicultural Centre, sharing the process of designing, scaling and painting a mural.

She said: "I was inspired by the Garnethill Community Garden and old tenement tile designs, to create a mural in which wildlife and the imagination could roam free.

"In the workshops, I hoped to find out about the things local youngsters liked about Garnethill and what would make them feel happy and safe.

"The workshops revealed wildlife, cats, community gardens, birds, foxes, sweets, swings, the bread oven, a rock and imagination as key factors.

"In my experience, murals bring a lot of joy to an area, particularly when local voices are being heard.

"Passersby are thankful for the colourful wall and say that the design makes them happy."

Professor Penny Macbeth, director of The Glasgow School of Art, said: "We were delighted to support the creation of this wonderful new mural in the heart of our community.

"Congratulations to Ida and the young people, who have together made a wonderful artwork, which reflects both Garnethill as an area and the issues which today’s young people find especially important."

She added: "It is excellent news that the mural has now been added to the Glasgow City Centre Mural trail.

"I hope that this will encourage more people to come and enjoy this vibrant addition to Garnethill’s public realm."

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Matthew Bartlett, Head Master at St Aloysius’ College said: "We are thrilled to have worked with our neighbour, the GSA, on this wonderful and important piece of work.

"Our young people have relished the opportunity to collaborate with a professional artist and see their vision come to life.

"The fact that this project has also contributed to our wider community here in Garnethill is fantastic."

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