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Billy Connolly sculpture commissioned for Glasgow flats

Image of how the sculpture will look
Image caption The sculpture will overlook the Clydeside Expressway

A sculpture of Glasgow comedian Billy Connolly is to take pride of place at a new housing development in the city.

The steel structure, expected to cost up to £50,000, will be suspended 40ft in the air at the gable end of a block of flats in the Anderston area.

Housing charity, Sanctuary Scotland, has commissioned artist Andy Scott to deliver the sculpture in spring 2011.

His other notable public artworks include the M8 Heavy Horse and Falkirk Helix Water Kelpies.

Sanctuary Scotland chose to commission the sculpture of Billy Connolly as he was a former resident in the Anderston area.

The comedian has agreed to let his image be used subject to seeing the final design.

'Popular figure'

The finished sculpture, showing Connolly with his banjo, will be used in phase one of the five-phase development which will see the creation of 430 new homes in the area.

When it is hoisted in to place, it will overlook the Clydeside Expressway - close to the shipyards where the comedian once worked as a welder.

Director Gordon Laurie said: "Sanctuary Scotland believes regeneration involves more than just homes and this public art of such a popular local figure is an exciting feature of our Anderston development.

"In consultation with local residents, we will be developing further proposals for public art during later phases of the project. We are looking forward to seeing our visions turned into reality."

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