Monday 28 September 2015

Steamers in a state!

Update - these murals have now been refurbished.  You can see them here.

For this week's Monday Mural, I thought I'd revisit the mural of Clyde paddle steamers which I wrote about almost two years ago in my post Neglected Past.

Not much has changed - they are still in a bad way and getting worse.  They can be found lining the underpass linking Wallace Place and the Bullring car park in Greenock.

There are twelve Clyde steamers depicted, many have been defaced by graffiti.

Some seem to have had bits gouged out of them.

They are the work of artist Robert Stewart (1924-1995) who was a student at Glasgow School of Art and later taught there as head of the printed textiles department.  He also worked for Liberty in London.  You can read more about Robert Stewart here.  These tiles are very different from his usual style.  According to the Tiles and Architectural Ceramics Society entry, the design was screen-printed onto plain white tiles.


  1. i like these...too bad about the graffiti :(

  2. This is a nice way to let the steamers live on. I guess the gradual "decay" of the panels is a history lesson too, in a way.
    Shalom to you, Liz, from the desert.

  3. I wonder if they can be restored?

  4. It's too bad no one is taking care of these murals. Nice way to remember history.

  5. These murals that have survived people and weather over the years are beautiful. There is something magical about them. It is a shame they are not in a museum where they will be able to be enjoyed for years to come.


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