This is the Glasgow School Of Arts Mackintosh Library. It was an exquisite work of art designed by the schools architect between 1907 and 1909 Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
On Friday 23rd of May the entire west wing of the building was engulfed in flames caused by a projector that had exploded in preparation for the 4th years end of year presentation in order to gain their degrees.
The main damage was sustained by the west wing, built between 1907 and 1909, with the unique Mackintosh library and studio above it destroyed. The library housed rare and archival materials, including periodicals dating back to the early 19th century and publications about Mackintosh.
Fortunately 90% of the building structure was preserved thanks to the firefighters who formed a human wall on the west wing staircase.
As a thank you to the heroic men and women who saved the school a sign was hung around the Citizen Firefighter statue in Glasgow in a classic Mackintosh Style.
A little late … A seasonal carol (modified for the current tech age) sung with retro computer speech synthesis, including the Apple Mac, Zx Spectrum, and Commodore 64. Put together by the Glasgow School of Art, the idea of the video is a song using Christmas gifts of the past - video embedded below:
Season’s Greetings and best wishes from The Glasgow School of Art for 2014. This year’s seasonal e-card comes from alumnus James Houston …
… The ensemble: A collection of vintage Mac computers, a Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum + 1 and a SEGA Mega Drive perform a rendition of “Carol of the Bells” with lyrics re-written by Robert Florence & Philip Larkin in the Mackintosh Library at The Glasgow School of Art.
James aimed to create a piece of Christmas music by appropriating past Christmas gifts. “I discovered that a few had the capability for speech synthesis so the obvious next step was to figure out how to assemble a choir.” he said.
More info (including the modified lyrics) can be found here
Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s “iconic and unique” Arts and Crafts library was “lost” to the fire that tore through his Glasgow School of Art, the school has announced.
The discovery came as fresh details emerged of how firemen formed a human wall in an attempt to protect the building from the worst effects of the fire, which began around midday on Friday.
“We have lost the iconic and unique Mackintosh library,” said Muriel Gray, the school’s chairwoman. “This is an enormous blow and we are understandably devastated.”
She added that the majority of the building remained intact. “Due to one of the most astonishingly intelligent and profession pieces of strategy by the fire services, they succeeded in protecting the vast majority of the building, apparently by forming a human wall of fire-fighters up the west end of the main staircase and containing the fire,”