Billy looks down on us...

Giant Connolly statue for Glasgow

A giant steel sculpture of Billy Connolly is to be installed on the side of a Glasgow housing development.

The artwork, showing the comic playing his banjo, will be suspended from housing association flats 40ft above the ground, so it overlooks the Clydeside Expressway.

The £50,000 work has been commissioned from Andy Scott, the artist behind the giant sculpture of a horse beside the M8, by Sanctuary Scotland Housing Association.

Association director Gordon Laurie said: ‘Regeneration involves more than just homes and this public art, of such a popular local figure, is an exciting feature of our Anderston development.’

The new 430-home estate is close to where Connolly – who will be given the freedom of the city on August 20 – was born.

Published: 28 Jun 2010

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