A sad day
I'm not sure to what extent this story has made the international news, except perhaps in architectural circles, but there has been a major fire today at the Glasgow School of Art. Nobody seems to have hurt, but it sounds as though there will have been major damage to one of Glasgow's, and sctland;s, and indeed Europe's, iconic buildings.
The Glasgow School of Art was one of the great masterpieces of the famous Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Its exterior was instantly recognisable:
but it was the interior decoration and the detailing which provided the real wow factor:
Well, today - the last day before students' portfolios were due to be submitted, so a day when the place was full of final year students' original artworks - a projector exploded in the basement and set fire to expansion foam being used to create an installation. And before anyone could do much about it other than evacuate the building, we had this:
It seems that the fire service reckon they may have saved much of the content of the building as well as the structure, but clearly there will be extensive smoke damage, and all those fixture and fittings will have been vulnerable. Plus of course the students' degree show will now have been totally buggered.
All in all, a very sad day for Glasgow, for Scotland, and for art.