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- Clyde Clock
This modern sculpture of a square clock on top of running legs is located very appropriately outside Buchanan Bus Station on Killermont Street, where the sight of passengers racing to catch a bus is not unknown! The "Clyde Clock" was commissioned by Radio Clyde to celebrate its 25th year as an independent local radio station and its asssociation with the local Cowcaddens area of the city. The clock is 20 feet high and is covered in stainless steel. It was created by artist George Wiley who is well known locally for his idiosyncratic art works such as "The Straw Locomotive" which consisted of a full size steam locomotive, constructed from straw, and suspended from the Finnieston Crane as part of the 1988 Glasgow Garden Festival. That sculpture was built in Springburn, a former centre for the manufacture of steam locomotives - and was ceremonially burnt back in Springburn after the Garden Festival closed. The Clyde Clock was intended to be installed in December 1999 in time for the Millennium - but construction work on the adjacent Lang's Hotel resulted in a postponement into the new year. The clock forms a focal point in Concert Square - Glasgow Royal Concert Hall is just across the road. The clock was also intended to be a meeting place and chimes just once each day at 8pm - said to be the "ideal meeting time".
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