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Legendary Barrowland venue celebrated with new public artwork in Glasgow

The Glasgow Barrowland, regarded by many bands as one of the best venues in the world will be celebrated by a public artwork being installed at a new temporary public park next to the venue.

Artist Jim Lambie is including every band which played at the Barrowland between 1983 and 2013 in The Album Pathway which is being created as part of the commission for the brands for the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme. 

Jim Lambie used the Barrowland Ballroom’s iconic star clad façade as the inspiration for the brands for Culture 2014 and Festival 2014 and this new artwork, which utilises his characteristic approach to line, colour and popular culture, is also inspired by the legendary music venue.

The Album Pathway forms part of a new, temporary urban greenspace being built near the Ballroom on a site bounded by Gallowgate, London Road and Moir Street.

In total, appearances by more than 2000 bands will be referenced in the work. 

The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd worked with Jim Lambie on the project and the landscape for the park was designed by Greg White from LOCI Design and the parkis being delivered byGlasgow City Council Landscape and Environmental Services.

The Album Pathway links the Barrowland Ballroom to the City Centre and highlights its significant part in the cultural and musical history of Glasgow, Scotland and beyond. 

Produced by setting cast granite letters into concrete, The Album Pathway will be 100 meters long and three meters wide and represents record spines from a vinyl record collection as if presented on a shelf in a collector’s home.

The Album Pathway is a new permanent work by Jim Lambie, designed for the Barras Calton, and it will be relocated in the area should the stalled space at Glasgow Cross where the park is being built be developed.

Barrowland Park provides a public open space for Glasgow that acts as a key gateway to the east end of the city - on a key route to Commonwealth Games venues.

Jim Lambie, the artist who created the Cultural Programme Brands and the new public artwork said:

“I was delighted to be asked to create a new work for the existing gap site at Trongate. In homage to the Barrowland ballroom and local market being such an iconic part of Glasgow, it makes perfect sense for the area and the local community for a pathway to be introduced which would wind its way through the new, temporary parkland.

“The pathway resembles the side view of a vinyl record collection, placed on a shelf at home and is similar to the rows of vinyl records I would scour on my visits to the Barra’s market. It is an image familiar to most people, and an image which connects both conceptually and emotionally with the Barrowland Ballroom, the Barra’s market and most importantly the local community and the people of Glasgow.”

Eileen Gallagher, Independent Director on the Glasgow 2014 Board and Chair of the Ceremonies, Culture and Queen’s Baton Relay Committee, said:

The Glasgow Barrowland is one of this country’s legendary music venues and is regarded as one of the best in the world by many of the bands and performers featured in this new artwork. Created alongside the brands for Culture 2014 and Festival 2014, it will provide a lasting legacy of the Games and will be seen and enjoyed by the people of Glasgow and beyond as they head to and from Games venues, to the Barrowland or as they enjoy the city’s latest public space.” 

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