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The Building of the 'Big G'

With less than two months until the Games’ Opening Ceremony, The Big G is the centrepiece in a programme of city-wide preparations as Glasgow gets ready to welcome thousands of visitors from across the UK and overseas to Scotland’s largest ever sporting and cultural event.

The gigantic, three-dimensional structure, which has been designed to reflect the Games logo and is taller than a double decker bus, measures a whopping 5.5m (18-feet) in height by 10.2m (33.5-feet) in circumference. At four tonnes, it also weighs the equivalent of an African elephant.

The mild steel and aluminium frame has been painted in the Games colours of red, green, yellow and blue. It is surrounded by four lanes of similarly-coloured floral landscaping, made up of more than 2,000 plants, and features the city’s award-winning PEOPLE MAKE GLASGOW brand alongside 36 coloured sensory spotlights, which will bring the structure to life as visitors interact with it.

People sharing their images of The Big G on social media networks are encouraged to use the hashtag, #TheBigG.


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