Thursday 28th of August 2014
The Car Hire Glasgow Airport team are pleased so much from the Games is being kept and re-used to prolong the memory of the Commonwealth Games.
One of the iconic symbols from the Commonwealth Games is to get a new permanent home in Glasgow. The ‘Big G’ in George Square will be dismantled on Monday before undergoing work to strengthen and waterproof it.
The new long-term home for it in the city has yet to be decided, with Glasgow City Council also looking into new homes for 25 statues of the Games mascot, Clyde to ensure they stay on show to the public.
Council leader Gordon Matheson said “Our city came alive during the Games and the Big G was the stand out backdrop to the city’s celebrations. It was featured by the media in nearly all of their Games reporting; it went viral on social media and it was the must-have selfie for residents, visitors and athletes. Even now, more than a fortnight after the Games, people are still queuing up to have their picture taken with it.”
Once the structure is dismantled it will be strengthened and the metal will be treated to make it fit to be permanently displayed outdoors. Responsibility for its long-term maintenance will be transferred to Glasgow Life, an arms-length council company responsible for culture and sport in the city.