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Press / New artwork celebrates spirit of Glasgow

New artwork celebrates spirit of Glasgow 11 May 2018

An iconic artwork of one of Glasgow’s most famous figures is to be created from thousands of pictures of everyday Glaswegians.

Images taken during a unique social experiment that captured a day in the life of the city will form the collage of one legendary local.

Artist Nathan Wyburn is asking the public to vote for who he should commemorate in a piece of artwork from a shortlist of 13 wonderful Weegies:

  • Charles Rennie Mackintosh
  • Margo MacDonald
  • Stanley Baxter
  • Rikki Fulton
  • John Logie Baird
  • Kate Cranston
  • Benny Lynch
  • Jimmy Reid
  • Donald Dewar
  • Edwin Morgan
  • James Watt
  • William Burrell
  • Mollie Weir

Votes can be cast online at and will stay open until 27 June.

The Day In The Life Glasgow project in April 2018 was led by award-winning photographer Mark Waugh and saw an army of street photographers capture 24 hours in the city with their cameras.

More than 2,100 images were collected, ranging from the city’s rough sleepers and party goers to football fans and Saturday shoppers; iconic landmarks to hidden hideaways.

Once the votes are cast, Nathan, 28, who first came to prominence after reaching the semi final of Britain’s Got Talent and whose work has recently featured in Teen Vogue, will set to work creating one of his famous collage artworks.

The artist, has recently created snow portraits of Game of Thrones Jon Snow and Frozen’s Elsa, as well as previously creating attention-grabbing artworks of Stephen Fry out of coffee, Adele from ketchup, Rowan Atkinson from beans, Bob Marley from reggae sauce and Ed Miliband from toast.

Nathan says: “I love creating something more fun than a standard portrait and the idea of turning a Glaswegian legend in the eyes of the public into a piece of artwork using so many diverse images of life in the city. It’s brilliant.

“A Day In The Life is an amazing concept that captures everyday life and people and I’ve greatly enjoyed looking at all the images that were created. They will last forever in their own right and also as part of my unique collage.”

Ian Cowley, managing director of who organised the A Day In The Life project, says: “Mark and the 50 strong team of street photographers captured those unique moments on Saturday 7th April which are now forever frozen in time providing a unique legacy to the city.”

“To see the images printed off and made into a collage by Nathan will be a lasting, tangible memento of Glasgow in 2018. It’s a creative project that we’re incredibly proud to support.”

The images from A Day In The Life Glasgow can be viewed at

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