A guide to Glasgow’s mural trail after High Street’s St Mungo mural hits heights on Instagram

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The St Mungo Mural on High Street has just become the sixth most Instagrammed street mural in the UK.

With one of Glasgow’s favorite murals becoming a recent hit on Instagram, it seems the city’s mural trail is continuing to keep Scots entertained during the lockdown.

The St Mungo Mural on High Street has just become the sixth most Instagrammed street mural in the UK.

Glasgow itself also featured the highest of the Scottish cities in the ‘Most Instagrammed Street Art City in the UK’ list with 23,075 hashtags.

Glasgow-based artist Panda (@ohpandah) also topped the list for Scottish artists, with his ‘Big Heids’ artworks proving hugely popular.

Glasgow’s Mural Trail

The city has embraced street art in a big way in recent years, with artists like Smug and Rogue One creating stunning artworks as part of a new trial.

Revitalizing neglected walls and gable ends around the city center, the impressive creations are helping to change perceptions about graffiti and street art.

The first of the eye-catching artworks were produced in 2008 and since then the project has been expanded across the city, with the trail being established in 2014.

Here are some of the most famous:

St Mungo, High Street

St Mungo is the patron saint and founder of the City of Glasgow.

Created in 2016, graffiti artist Sam Bates, better known as Smug, created this modern-day version of St Mungo, the Patron Saint of Glasgow, with a small robin – a reference to the story of the Bird That Never Flew.

Specializing in large-scale photo-realistic murals, it is one of Smug’s most famous works and has garnered a lot of attention online.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Stockwell Street

Bobby McNamara, the street artist known as Rogue-One, has been creating street art for 20 years and has created many of the more famous murals around the city.

This mural was created by Rogue-One and Art Pistols Projects and pays tribute to one of Glasgow’s most famous sons, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, 150 years after his birth.

St Enoch, George Street

The follow up to his St Mungo piece, this one depicts St Enoch and her son St Mungo as a child.

Created in summer 2018, Smug’s follow-up to his immensely successful St. Mungo mural, features St Enoch cradling St Mungo as a baby, with the reoccurring Robin connecting both pieces.

Due to its location close to the former site of the Rottenrow or Glasgow Royal Maternity Hospital, the mural guide say it also represents a celebration of motherhood itself.

Billy Connolly, Dixon Street/The Gallowgate/Osborne Street/Little Street

The vibrant mural of comedian Billy Connolly in the Gallowgate.

There are no less than four murals based on portraits of Billy Connolly based around the city.

One of Glasgow’s most loved figures the most recent three were inspired by original portraits from Scottish artists John Byrne, Jack Vettriano and Rachel Maclean have been created to mark the Big Yin’s 75th birthday.

Boba Fett

Rogue One's Boba Fett from Star Wars mural.

Clearly a Star Wars fan – if his artist name is anything to go by – Rogue One created this tribute to the original Mandalorian can be found on Eastvale Place, near SWG3 in Finnieston.

The Space Man, Merchant City

The Space Man mural in the Merchant City.

The vibrant and futuristic Space Man was created by Recoat and Ali Wylie has been inspired by graphic novels and Japanese culture and features slick clean lines, a punchy color scheme and geometric patterned backgrounds.

More about the trail

A spokesperson for Visit Scotland explained that the trail is eye-catching and great for tourists, they said: “The murals have received quite a positive response, not just from visitors to the city, but Glaswegians themselves.”

Other artworks include a tribute to Stan Lee, the world’s most economical taxi and a piece dedicated to Strathclyde University.

Animals also feature heavily on the trail, from Rogue-One and Art Pistol’s tongue-in-cheek ‘Big Birds’ on the corner of Howard Street and Dunlop Street, to Klingatron’s ‘Glasgow’s Panda’, on the once much-less picturesque Gordon Lane.

A colorful mural trail booklet is available in hard copy or available for download here – while more information can be found on the dedicated mural trail website.

By: Sean Murphy

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