image #75. 2 April 2017. Cloud and Banner, Bellahouston Park.

Cloud and Banner are two modern wooden structures on the site of the now demolished Tait’s Tower, which was erected for Glasgow’s 1938 Empire Exhibition. They stand within a grove on the summit of the park’s drumlin. It’s my favourite area of this park, wilder than the lower grassy grounds.  I have been unable to find the name of the sculptor but on googling, find that the Order of the Cloud and Banner is a Chinese military award for contributions to national security, instituted in 1935. This seems a peculiar connection for a sculpture commemorating the Empire Exhibition so I’ll take a closer look for an explanatory plaque next time I’m up there.

Tait’s Tower 1938. C1898, http://www.mitchelllibrary.org/virtualmitchell
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