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Shoes on a Wire

Shoes on a Wire

Every city, town, university and so one has a collection of interesting little characteristics to them. A pair of shoes on a wire are a common sight around the world, and Glasgow University has a very special pair of them.

Most students at Glasgow University have probably noticed this interesting little collection of shoes very close to the University Library, just at the start of the tenements on Hillhead Street.

The shoes have apparently been up on that wire for several years now, with more and more plastic flying around and getting caught on the sneakers. There’s a tree on the other side of the the Library, next to the Adam Smith Building, which catches a lot of the rubbish and grocery bags which fly around Gilmorehill.

An interesting tidbit to note here, the Glasgow Daily Photo featured the same shoes last September, and upon comparing that photo with the one above I came up with a question: Is one of the pairs different in the two photos? (look at the blue pair of sneakers.)

UPDATED 25.08.2009: The shoes are gone! The whole front of the building is covered in scaffolding, and the shoes have now disappeared! As was said in the comments below, it’s the end of an era.

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© 2009

3 responses

  1. I was walking past here only yesterday, looked up – and they’d gone! (will check for sure, it was a bit early in the morning so hard to open my eyes fully!) The end of an era.

    August 20, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    • GONE!?!? Wow, like you said, the end of an era. They’re up there for 3-4 years and suddenly POOF! they’re gone. There’ll be people missing this landmark, but there’ll be people joyous at their disappearance. Watch, there’ll be a Facebook group soon calling for their return. =)

      August 20, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    • Yep, just got back to Glasgow and I’ve checked. The shoes are gone. =(

      August 25, 2009 at 6:56 pm

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