A controversial mural that appeared on the gable of a building in Glasgow’s Dennistoun has been painted black.
The Duke Street mural, which was the work of London-based artist Josephine Hicks, was commissioned by shoe retailer Clarks to advertise desert boots as part of its new ‘For the World’ brand campaign ahead”.
The appearance of the mural on the gable of one of the area’s oldest buildings in recent weeks has sparked local outcry amid fears the rich mural landscape of Glasgow’s gable could be threatened by “creeping commercialization”.
Dennistoun Conservation Society, which showcases Dennistoun’s history and heritage as a designated conservation area, took to Twitter to express confusion over how Clarks “got the gig” for the mural, while which BAFTA Scotland-winning photographer and filmmaker Chris Leslie tweeted it was a “slippery slope towards massive semi-permanent adverts across the city”.
Those concerns were echoed by Glasgow Labor MSP Paul Sweeney, who said at the time it would be ‘very concerning’ if commercial murals appeared in the city ‘became the norm’.
The Clarks mural has surfaced in recent weeks. (Picture: NewsQuest)
As the building on which the Clarks mural was painted is a listed building and located within the Dennistoun Conservation Area, an application for planning permission for a ‘colour application’ would have been required along with a advertising permission, Glasgow City Council informed The Herald.
Council confirmed that no planning application had been received for the mural.
A spokesman for Glasgow City Council told the Herald: ‘This is not an issue we have had to intervene to and it appears the issue has been resolved locally. No planning application has been received for this mural.
In response to the news that the mural had been painted, a Clarks spokesperson informed The Herald that the mural “was just a temporary work of art”.
MSP Paul Sweeney welcomed news of the mural’s disappearance saying he hopes Glasgow’s mural landscape will continue to pay homage to the city’s “now clean” heritage.
Glasgow MSP Paul Sweeney
He told the Herald: “Traditionally Glasgow wall art has been a way of paying homage to our city’s heritage, our local heroes and the pioneers who put Scotland on the map. It was sad to see them marketed in this way, but luckily it looks like it won’t happen again, especially without a building permit or classified building permit as was the case here.
“Glasgow is a city that teams up with history and tradition. There are countless achievements of the people of Glasgow to which we could and should draw attention; achievements that put Glasgow on the world map. That’s what I hope to see now, not the commercialization of our city’s assets. »
The disappearance of the Clarks mural comes days after Glasgow welcomed three striking new murals to the 9.4m high rounded tanks at Chivas’ Strathclyde Distillery in the city’s Gorbals area.
The project, carried out in partnership with Glasgow-based production company artpistol Projects, saw local artists Molly Hankinson, Michael Corr and Rogue One transform the tanks with paintings of iconic local characters, with additional typography woven by the author artistic Ellie Mills.