The Silence of the Blog

I have just received a mysterious message on the answering machine asking if I was ailing since it is at least three days since I have written a blog.

The truth is that I have never wanted to feel compelled to write something if I haven’t got something to say.   I have been recovering from the shock of becoming a knicht and answering the wonderful deluge of correspondence from all corners of the globe.   And this weekend I have particularly been mourning the loss, a second time, of Glasgow School of Art.   It seems unbelievable and unfair that one of Scotland’s greatest architectural masterpieces – the ruggedly solid and beautifully detailed Glasgow School of Art – should have burnt down not once, but now twice: the first time because of a projector catching fire and this time on the night of the students’ graduation.  

I have been trying to remember it from the few times I have visited, never recently, and can only recall its noble hillside setting, the sense of Scottish baronial massing, and the way that the art students treated their masterpiece so magnificently unceremoniously.  

I suppose that the craftsmen will just have to go to work again and recover what they can.

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4 thoughts on “The Silence of the Blog

  1. Leslie Hills says:

    The Mack is dear to the hearts of so many of us, not just students and former students of the School. There is a palpable sense of shock and mourning. The stone walls are mostly left standing but have of course been compromised by the fierce heat of the fire. All of the painstaking restoration and everything else of its beautiful interior is gone.

    Only a few weeks ago tours were laid on to show the renovations. It is now in ruins. Unbearable.

  2. I feel fortunate that I went on an unguided tour of GSoA in 2007 and have powerful memories of my visit.

    I was in Glasgow last weekend to see some of the events celebrating the 150th anniversary of Mackintosh’s birth, with a knowledgeable guide which showed me some of the less obvious buildings, and I saw the excellent and comprehensive exhibition at the Kelvingrove. The GSoA was still covered in scaffolding but we were excited to think that it would come down soon and that we would see the results of the painstaking restoration.

    It is distressing to hear of the second fire, but I believe the government have already said the money will be found to rebuild again.

  3. Mark Fisher says:

    Words like ‘Loss’ and ‘Tragedy’ are used too easily but they certainly apply, and are too mild, in this case. Fate is sometimes grotesque. Mackintosh was a wonderful architect, and a fine artist, as was his wife.

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