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

  2. 🙂 HL=huge like, Jo… simply stunnin’! pure and true talent… thanx for sharing these pix, my very best and sunny greetings… Mélanie NB

    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 🙂 )

  3. 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 🙂

  4. 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! 🙂

  5. 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.

      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. How exquisite! I will have to visit Glasgow to experience this superb masterpiece in person – your photos are wonderful and show it off beautifully.

  7. 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!

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