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Friday, 23 May 2014

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Ferea

So sorry to hear this. Really sad news both for students and for all the city. Hopefully something beautiful will grow from the ashes eventually although that is little comfort right now. As you say, luckily no-one was hurt.

hannah

So sorry to hear about this :( it really hits home because I'm a final year Illustration student in the throes of my own degree show and when I heard about this I was shocked and so upset for those affected. Not only is it terrible for the students/lecturers/students enrolled to start in September, it is also such a loss of a beautiful building and part of history. Devastating. xx

Bike Pretty

A very sad loss for Glasgow, and for lovers of art and design all over the world. We studied that building and its rich design history at FIT. I have no doubt that it will live on in the collective memory. This touches people all over the world.
My thoughts are with those students, teachers, and caretakers. What a hardship for all of them. I'm thousands of miles away in San Francisco, but this tragedy feels very close to home.

Bike Pretty

A very sad loss for Glasgow, and for lovers of art and design all over the world. We studied that building and its rich design history at FIT. I have no doubt that it will live on in the collective memory. This touches people all over the world.
My thoughts are with those students, teachers, and caretakers. What a hardship for all of them. I'm thousands of miles away in San Francisco, but this tragedy feels very close to home.

Kingdom Of Style

The city is in shock. It's our finest building and since Glasgow is first and foremost a creative city, it's damage is devastating to us. Sad sad day.

annemarie

I remember studying this building when I was in college, pouring over photographs of the interior and exterior and hoping that some day I would get to see it in the flesh. This is such terrible news!

michael

its a huge shock, been in the building many times and its a beautiful place. Knowing Glasgow, they will nurse its wounds and bring her back.

dust

Terrible loss. The creative spirit will survive even the strongest fire, but art is greatly made of matter too.

Arina Kholina

Thanks firemen and god: "according to the Scottish fire service more than 90% of the structure is viable and 70% of its contents have been saved – including many students' work". - the guardian http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/may/23/glasgow-school-of-art-fire-library

Susan

Absolutely shocking news.

We'll be visiting Glasgow for the first time next month and this was one of our most anticipated sites to see. It's good to read Arina's link, though, that the fantastic fireman have done such a good job. Even if we won't be able to see it, what a relief that it hasn't been completely destroyed and they should be able to restore much of it.

Those poor students and the people who work there. Such a terrible shame.

I wonder if there will be a restoration fund that we can donate to?

Kingdom Of Style

It so sad we've lost all the interior of the west wing. The library, with its original decor, is world famous and just can't ever be replaced. It's still standing, which is brilliant, but restoration sadly just isn't the same as having the original interior intact . There is a fund, I'll try and find it for you.

Kingdom Of Style

So relieved to wake up and read that the building is still viable and that they have been able to save anything at all.
The depth of everyone's feelings about this just shows how deeply connected we are to this building as a city
and a community...

Queen Marie
x

Susan

I'm with you on that, Michelle. Restoration certainly isn't anyway near as good as having the real, original thing. A few minutes ago I was looking at some photos of the devastated interior - there just aren't words.

My interest in art isn't so much in paintings as in woodcarving and furnishings. I can be moved to tears by a finely crafted staircase, as daft as that might sound. The Arts & Crafts period woodwork incorporated such care and a palpable love of beauty, and Rennie Mackintosh's work in particular was so fresh and original, it is a disaster to have lost these important examples.

I have to praise the sterling work of the firemen, who must have worked incredibly hard to save as much as they could.

Jessica

Oh, no! How absolutely heartbreaking. I have loved this building ever since I was a wee kid. My brother went to art school here. Devastating news.

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