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In 2011 the lonely plant guide included the statue in its "top 0" most bizarre monuments on earth. Authorities were going to raise the statue up so on cones were placed on his head. They backed down because of the people of Glasgow. A real...More
An ordinary, nothing very special statue which has become through repeated, good natured hooliganism, an iconic image which captures both the history and character of the city and its people..,in fact so iconic that it’s probably no longer just a bit of a prank but...More
Went by the statue - it's nice but the main reason to see it is to count the road cones on his head. Started as a student prank it now appears to be traditional - when we went past he was wearing what appeared to...More
The Glaswegians have a special sense of humor exemplified by the traffic cones on the head of the Duke of Wellington Statue in front of the Gallery of Modern Art. I think the horse may have had one when we were there too. It is...More
Be sure to stop by the GOMA and find out how many cones the Duke of Wellington is wearing! At one point in the summer of 2018, he had 10, and the horse even had his own cone. You can get some great photos with...More
There was an eighteenth century ideal of British unity held that Scotland was "north Britain", emphasizing the integration of the nation, which seems quite foreign now. Two similar statues of Wellington had recently been... More
There was an eighteenth century ideal of British unity held that Scotland was "north Britain", emphasizing the integration of the nation, which seems quite foreign now. Two similar statues of Wellington had recently been erected in London, and Glasgow was following in the lead of Edinburgh, which had installed a number of statues to English figures, including Lord Nelson, George IV and the Duke of York. And Wellington's statue in Glasgow was not erected by the city or the Crown. It was paid for by private donations, which were quickly raised. So, ultimately it was a monument to the success of the Union and Scotland's share of Wellington's glory.