The Glasgow Duke of Wellington statue........
........with the iconic traffic cone and its clear statement about the fun and irreverence of the city.
For as many years as folk can remember the statue has also had the cone. Till 2013 the council used to send workmen along every day to take the cone down but every day (night!) it would re-appear. Estimates said that it cost over £100,000 a year to keep taking it down. Glasgow Council in 2013 developed a plan to raise the statue on a new plinth which would have made it even more difficult to get the cone on the Duke’s head with a report that said that “it was not an image of the city they wanted”.
As you can imagine there was a massive backlash. Social media campaigns and threats of street marches caused the council to abandon the plan and now according to Trip Adviser it is the city’s 85th most popular tourist attraction out of 399 listed – and it does not cost a penny!!
Designer: Chloe Hughes
The design for this rug was made by Chloe Hughes who recently qualified as a graduate in textile design from the Duncan of Jordonstone College of Art and Design.
Chloe is now back living in her home town of Glasgow which provides so much inspiration for her work which focusses on home interiors.
In addition to the rug Chloe has developed fabric incorporating this design and others inspired by the geography and features of Glasgow.
See the full range of Chloe’s design products at www.chloe-hughes.com