Shed tears today that the beloved Glasgow School of Art has yet again been enveloped by flame and gutted by fire. Shed tears that an icon of the Glasgow skyline is again a source of black smoke. Shed tears that one of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s finest creations has again been in the courageous hands of the city’s fire brigade. Lament that this cruelty visits the School in the 150th anniversary of Mackintosh’s birth.
Push back then with a quiet celebration of how the School was, as seen six years ago before the first fire. The beauty is in both detail and form, in the way that stone, iron and glass work together so cleanly to create something utterly different from what had been seen before. Bold, elegant, unique. Echoes of Scottish baronial, unhesitating footprint of modernity, uncompromising.