Big Yin in Big Print: Billy Connolly Murals Unveiled Across Glasgow

Glasgow City Council has commemorated the 75th birthday of beloved Scottish comedian Billy Connolly by unveiling three new murals of the “Big Yin” across the city.

The 50ft artworks were commissioned by BBC Scotland and completed by Jack Vettriano, John Byrne and Rachel Maclean and depict the stand-up at various stages of his life.

Mr Connolly described the dedication as “truly amazing” and said that seeing the huge paintings had a “profound effect” on him.

The three original portraits have been on display at the People’s Palace and a documentary detailing the creation of the pieces alongside various clips from the life and times of the Glaswegian aired recently.

They are located on St Enoch Square, Osborne Street (near the Gallowgate) and Dixon Street. They are the latest additions to the burgeoning City Centre Mural Trail that was launched by the council and features tributes to St Mungo, the Clutha and the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

This isn’t the first time the man has been honoured with a mural in his home city; in 2011 Andy Scott, who famously created the Kelpies, presented one in Anderston. Despite worldwide success and acclaim, the entertainer has always kept a fondness for Glasgow and he is loved by the residents of the city as well as all over Scotland.




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Iain is a Clyde Outside contributor with a specific focus on city culture. He can usually be found three rums deep, “working” at one of the many bars in Glasgow

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