The only regret I have about my recent trip to Scotland is that I was not able to see more of this beautiful country. Our trip focused on Glasgow and Edinburgh but unfortunately we did not make it up to the Highlands this time. I read beforehand that Glasgow was an industrial town and it certainly had that feel. Gritty and urban along the streets which contrasted with the beautiful sandstone buildings extending up above the storefronts.
There were many points of interest in this town, one of them being the Charles Rennie Macintosh designed School of Art. This is, after all, Macintosh territory. Macintosh was a pioneer of the Modernist movement, designing not with ornamentation to show wealth but with a philosophy that stressed function and practicality. A blend of Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau, and Japanese design can be seen in his work.
Upon viewing the School of Art, his work feels clean, simple, and elegant. there is a definite practicality to the forms but they are quite beautiful in their simplicity.
My other favorite destination in this city was the Kelvingrove Museum. We went here on a recommendation from a golf caddy, which was sort of random, but we were so glad we did. This is my favorite museum I have ever experienced. The exterior and interior were beautiful but beyond that the layout provided you with small, more digestible exhibits that allowed you to easily find and view items of interest without your eyes glassing over.
In the Atrium in the middle, there was an incredible organ which was being practiced on while we were there and filled the museum with beautiful music. Also in the atrium space was a contemporary exhibit showing all sorts of faces which was lots of fun and very successful in creating a stark contrast with its surroundings.