The Great Fire of Glasgow

Words by Elizabeth Pollard
Image by Mil Stricevic, product design tutor at Glasgow School of Art. Taken from the Reid building via The Guardian online

Last week tragedy struck the Glasgow School of Art when a projector exploded in the basement, causing a fire that blazed for over six hours. When the news broke, it was many more than the graduating students that wept for the Charles Rennie Mackintosh building. The building itself was often the inspiration for the artists that passed through, winning them industry acclaim and creating a movement that would influence the art-world globally.

Despite rescuing 70% of the work, as the clean up begins, you can only wonder whether this is all part of the journey of art. The age old debate of how to value art is once again challenged when an archive of this size and importance is compromised. Is it enough that the concept has been realised by these intellectual minds, or do we need the material piece for the idea to remain significant?

With young, aspirational students filling the space every year, is this catastrophe symbolic of the new stories waiting to be told? Making way for the next generation to carve their own path and make their own history.

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