Wonder wall



Candleriggs!  Isn’t that a nice name for a street?

I was heading back towards Glasgow’s Bus Station, trying to make the most of my diminishing time.  I knew that I was in the area of the old covered cheese and fruit markets, now developed into Merchant Square.  A quick ogle at the array of restaurants and it was time to move on.

The tip of a nose, and then an eye, caught my attention as I rounded the corner.  Across a gritty, scruffy, car-parking area I was looking at the most entrancing mural.  It covered the entire wall.

It told a whole and glorious story!

And told a whole and glorious story!

The call of the wild

The call of the wild

All of nature

All of nature

within a single whole

within a single whole

Don't you love this little creature?

Don’t you love this little creature?

And his sad-eyed friend

And his sad-eyed friend

Then there's this inquisitive creature!

Then there’s this inquisitive fellow!

Keeping a watchful eye

Keeping a watchful eye

A luminous

For berries?

Among the toadstools

While amongst the toadstools

The mushrooms lurk

The mushrooms lurk

And the gentle pink flowers

Amid gentle, pink flowers

I thought it was incredibly lovely and stood transfixed, wondering how and why it came to be here.  Then I squeezed between the cars, trying to capture the whole of it.  I left with a huge smile on my face on a dour Glasgow day.

Click on individual photos for a larger image.  I wish I could show you my wonder wall, but the best I can manage is a link to DiscoverGlasgow.org , courtesy of my good friend Jude .  Sam Bates, take a bow!



  1. I just love this post …. magnificent – and the wall .. you have really brought it’s greatness to us.
    So this is my second comment – back where I left. *smile

    1. Thanks, Melanie. My wonder wall has attracted so many comments. And why wouldn’t it? 🙂 I still find it amazing looking back. Thanks a lot for joining me on here (and for sharing the sunshine 🙂 )

  2. Forget about my Santa Paula murals, this is gotta be the one of the best murals to see. The demolished, cracked walls painted on a wall is so creative. Funny to say this to a mural, but really a sight to behold.

    1. I thought your Santa Paula wall art was pretty amazing, Rommel, but the artistry and beauty of this one I really do love. Thanks for all your time spent with me today 🙂

  3. I have to comment on this post, to say thank you for sharing this art.
    Your photos and Discover Glasgow both are superb as murals like these are hard to photograph.
    I hope the artist comes back to Aussie and does some here or maybe he has done some here. I will have to keep my eyes open.

    1. Hi Jack 🙂 I’m glad you took the time to comment. They’re worth it, aren’t they? I was so taken aback by the beauty of this piece. I have never seen anything like it 🙂

      1. Hi Jo 🙂
        Yes, slowly. We are spending a week in Yorkshire and a week at home at the moment….good job I’m retired 🙂 x

    1. This time last week I would have just been heading for the bus, Debbie. Trouble with finding a great place is you want to go back. Imagine having this on your route to work! 🙂

  4. Jo, this is wild! I love the holes in the wall and the flowers, the animals and the expressions. The shadows and the depth. LOVE IT! Did you get a shot of the parking lot? Just wonder what that looked like. Very cool! That last shot (close up of photo above) with that little pink flower peeking out of the hole I the wall. Fabulous! Whoever did this, KUDOS! And thanks for sharing, Jo.

  5. Breathtaking images. I am impressed with this masterpiece of art! Thank you for sharing.
    Enjoy this wonderful weekend! 🙂

      1. Yes, restlessjo, absolutely wonderful! I’ve never seen before! I am fascinated by them!
        Thank you so much for sharing with us! Big hugs, Stefania! 🙂

  6. hai perfettamente ragione! questo murales è grandioso ! ci hai deliziato con i suoi particolari e la grande fantasia naif di questo artista mi ha molto positivamente colpita! Grazie cara Jo al tuo occhio molto attento di grande fotografa
    mi chiedo cosa starai preparando di sorpresa oggi!

    you’re absolutely right! This mural is great! We’ve delighted with its details and great imagination naif by this artist I was very positively impressed! Thanks dear Jo to your very attentive eye of great photographer
    I wonder what you’ll be preparing to surprise today!

    1. Preparing surprises is always fun, Ventis. In fact, it might be the best bit of blogging!
      No- that is all the warmth and hugs I receive from people like yourself, who love beauty too 🙂
      Have a wonderful weekend- it’s here again already! I will call at yours later. Big hug!

    1. People’s inventiveness and creativity never cease to amaze me, Jo. I could live in this city! (and I’m not really a city girl) Gallivanta was showing me some amazing things in Christchurch, too, as part of their reconstruction and to keep spirits up. It does give you hope and gladden the heart.

    1. Fantastic, Seonaid! Thank you for taking the trouble. It’s amazing to me how different the cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh are, yet both so beautiful. Makes me want to spend more time in Scotland 🙂 And yes, that hedgehog stole my heart!

    2. I want to go back this weekend and find the panda! And ‘my wall’ is floodlit at night! How incredible is that? I will put the link into my 6WS post. Many thanks, Seonaid 🙂

      1. I know, imagine it floodlit as you turn the corner into the car park…..wonderful stuff, and yes the cities are very different, but both wonderful and filled with history and stories. My mother was born in Glasgow and my father in Edinburgh…..and they are perfect examples of the stereotyped differences between the two cities!

  7. Well … almost speechless Jo 😉
    HOW on earth does one tackle a piece like this …
    Great photos you’ve shared !!!

    1. Do you have some wall art in your posts so I can compare, Gallivanta? (just teasing, though I’d love to see it, if you do 🙂 ) It was such a surprise to me. I totally loved it.

      1. No, I hadn’t 🙂 I was trying to think who else was posting wall art recently and it was Rommel.
        I’m over there admiring now. It’s that funny old blogging world again, isn’t it 🙂

    1. I loved it, Smidge. A guy called Sam Bates is responsible. I’d never heard of him but that’s no surprise. There’s a link at the bottom of the post which shows the whole wall. Glad you could share it with me 🙂

      1. I’m not an artistic type so this kind of thing really captures my imagination. I’m in awe of people who can visualize this and make it happen.

  8. What treasures! The love and care put into telling this colorful story. I love it. So much. And I LOVE the name Candlerriggs. In fact, it could just make its way into my next novel . . .

    ~ Cara

  9. Wow! A wonder Wall this is indeed Jo! I love it, absolutely fantastic artwork. All my favourite British woodland scenes, even down to the red squirrel. Everything. Thanks so much for sharing it, you’ve made my day, really 🙂

  10. That is the most realistic and captivating mural I have ever seen. Isn’t travel totally rewarding when you stumble across these unexpected treasures. Thank goodness for the digital camera.

  11. A wonder wall indeed. Apparently painted by ‘Smug’
    “This piece was created during the Merchant City festival in 2013, and depicts the four seasons in a picturesque Scottish country scene, featuring an array of animals, including a polite nod to the infamous photobombing squirrel. The use of seasons is slightly ironic, as Glasgow often experiences these four seasons in one day.”


    Clever you for discovering it! I think you have captured it very well.
    Jude xx

    now what is this ‘infamous’ photobombing squirrel?

    1. Thank you so much for that, Jude. If I don’t do my Googling straight away it doesn’t happen! I’ll check out the link and then incorporate it into the post 🙂

      Now you’ll have to Google photobombing squirrel. Life!

    1. Brilliant, isn’t it, Jill? Jude just kindly Googled for me so I’m going to put the link in to explain its origins. (which I should have done myself!) 🙂

  12. Just one word, Jo! WOoOOoOOoOooOoW. What a wonderful job you have done of that wall .. have been at the bus stop so many times … last time must have been 6 years ago.
    Fantastic art … so beautiful and you captures does it magnificent. You have just brought it’s greatness … to us. Excellent job. Never seen it before.

      1. I know they have been developing that area over the years, and it’s quite a ‘buzzy’ vibrant part of the city with lots of restaurants and cafes (I believe, rather than having first hand experience), so I really must go and take a look. I may have to take a trip out by myself next time I visit my mum.

      2. The restaurants looked a bit posh for me but nice use of the building. (they had the Grand National on big screen!) I liked the look of “City Merchants”, over the way. There’ll be a pic to follow…some time! 🙂

    1. It was brilliant, David. My only regret is that I didn’t step back and take a picture of the whole- cars and all. Too busy avoiding puddles. 🙂 Thank you!

  13. Marvellous! I’m quite ‘into’ finding different street art at the moment, some is well executed, some not. Well done for noticing this one, and of course the thing with street art is its transient nature…hopefully this one stays awhile, unadorned by other people’s scrawls

    1. There was a lot in Glasgow, Sue (did you see the tiger on my Monday walk?) I was going to do a post on the different ones but I really felt that this one was something special and deserved its own ‘slot’. 🙂

      1. I did see the tiger, and you finitely made the right call giving this one its own slot…. Looking forward to seeing more! 🙂

  14. It is quite a work of art and you’ve done well to capture it for us. I’m a huge fan of street art and this is a joyous piece. I find it amazing that something like this can be produced on such a scale and with such great effect.

    1. I’m not always into graffiti, Debbie, but this was something else. I keep meaning to look in Google and see if I can find some facts. I presume it’s part of the Merchant Square development. Totally blown away by it 🙂

  15. what a magical work of art that is!  it’s a happy piece of work as well and surely lightens anyone’s heart when they see it!

    thank you for  stumbling upon this treasure and then sharing it with us!


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