Detail view of the wrought iron window brackets on the large north facing studio windows of the Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow

Keniger, Michael, 1947-. Detail view of the wrought iron window brackets on the large north facing studio windows of the Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow.

 
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Title Detail view of the wrought iron window brackets on the large north facing studio windows of the Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow
Alternative Title The abstracted flower-bud forms incorporated into the wrought iron window brackets of the Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow
Abstract/Summary The wrought iron window brackets on these windows act to support window cleaners' platforms and add bracing to the mullions, but they are also artistically designed. Their abstracted shapes portray seeds, stamens and flower-buds as a symbolic expression of the purpose and ideals of the school. Designed by Mackintosh himself, they have often been referred to as 'the most discussed window brackets in history'.
Date of construction 1897-1909
Date photo taken 2000
Date scanned 2012-11-26
Publisher The University of Queensland Library
Architect Mackintosh, Charles Rennie, 1868-1928
Honeyman and Keppie
Photographer Keniger, Michael, 1947-
Location 167 Renfrew Street
Glasgow
Scotland
United Kingdom
Open Access Status Other
Category Educational facilities
Subcategory Tertiary education facilities
Period Federation (1890-1915)
Style Arts and Crafts
Art nouveau
Condition Original
Structural Systems & Elements Masonry construction
Building Materials Glass
Sandstone
Wrought iron
Architectural Features Window brackets
Rights Research and private study only. Not to be reproduced without prior written permission. Rights holder: Michael Keniger.
References Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. "Glasgow, 167 Renfrew Street, Glasgow School Of Art." http://canmore.rcahms.gov.uk/en/site/120095/details/glasgow+167+renfrew+street+glasgow+school+of+art/
Additional Notes The Glasgow School of Art was designed and built in the period coinciding with 'Federation (1890-1915)' in Australia, though it cannot truly be called a 'Federation' building as it is in Scotland. Also, sources conflict as to whether the stone used on the west, north and east facades is sandstone or granite, but its appearance is closer to sandstone so it is listed as such.
 
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