Anderston Stone Hippos

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Anderston Stone Hippos

Postby K9_Mac » Wed Jan 30, 2013 12:07 pm

My mum recently moved out of "wee" Houldsworth St (the cul-de-sac part that runs parallel with Elliot St) as its going to be demolished within the next few years as Sanctuary H.A build new flats and landscape the area. On many a drunken night out my sister & I sat on those hippos eating our chips. The stone Hippos that are located in the middle of the ground between Anderston/Cranstonhill Police station and wee Houdsworth St. Do you know them? I was wondering what will happen to them. I really like them and have a sinking feeling that preserving them wont be a priority of the housing association budget.

Does anyone know the origin of these and what their fate might be? Thanks
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Re: Anderston Stone Hippos

Postby Bingo Bango » Wed Jan 30, 2013 12:28 pm

Ha ha! Just had a quick look at google maps and you can totally make them out, grazing in the wee garden bit.

Don't have a clue where they would be from or anything about them, but why not make contact with someone at the HA - I have found that if you get people on the right day and with the right attitude they are up for helping out on something a bit out the ordinary. If you have a house with a garden or a garage etc you could adopt a hippo for nostalgia purposes?
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Re: Anderston Stone Hippos

Postby The Egg Man » Wed Jan 30, 2013 1:58 pm

Bear in mind Sanctuary are the folks who paid £50,000 (?) for the Billy Connolly monstrosity overlooking the Expressway.

Shelling out for a couple of replacement hippos probably won't bankrupt them.
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Re: Anderston Stone Hippos

Postby Delmont St Xavier » Wed Jan 30, 2013 6:17 pm

£50,000? Are you sure? Mind you I wouldn't be surprised that amount of money has been spent on something like that! I could think of better ways to spend it.
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Re: Anderston Stone Hippos

Postby MacotheIsles » Wed Jan 30, 2013 7:14 pm

George Square...
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Re: Anderston Stone Hippos

Postby The Egg Man » Thu Jan 31, 2013 10:09 am

The £50,000 is Sanctuary's own figure.
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Re: Anderston Stone Hippos

Postby banjo » Thu Jan 31, 2013 10:55 am

im okay with the connolly thing but the cost quoted seems crazy.i would love to see a breakdown of that.
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Re: Anderston Stone Hippos

Postby The Egg Man » Thu Jan 31, 2013 11:10 am

I suspect a large chunk went on the sculptor's name.

http://www.sanctuary-group.co.uk/Group/ ... etion.aspx
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Re: Anderston Stone Hippos

Postby robertpool » Thu Jan 31, 2013 11:29 pm

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Re: Anderston Stone Hippos

Postby robertpool » Thu Jan 31, 2013 11:30 pm

I think the hippos may have made there way down from Drumchapel ... honestly :)
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Re: Anderston Stone Hippos

Postby Fat Cat » Sun Feb 03, 2013 7:07 pm

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Re: Anderston Stone Hippos

Postby The Egg Man » Sun Feb 03, 2013 7:44 pm

The real thing is much, much worse.
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Re: Anderston Stone Hippos

Postby robertpool » Sun Feb 03, 2013 10:05 pm

Fat Cat wrote:


That is horrible.


this was simply the impression left on the wood after Andy Scott had welded the face part of the sculpture on top of the wood. Personally l like it, it's so unusual :D
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Re: Anderston Stone Hippos

Postby Vinny the Mackem » Mon Feb 04, 2013 10:34 am

Fat Cat wrote:


That is horrible.


It's like one of those pictures of Jesus that appears in toast! :D
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Re: Anderston Stone Hippos

Postby yoker brian » Mon Feb 04, 2013 2:01 pm

Vinny the Mackem wrote:It's like one of those pictures of Jesus that appears in toast! :D


Jesus does not only appear on Toast - he has been seen behind the door of one of the Cubicles in the Gents Toilet in Ikea at Braehead

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religio ... asgow.html

And this has to be my favourite -

Behold the Son of God on a dugs arse!
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