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Glasgow 2014: Clyde sculpture installed in Queen's Park

Clyde with wooden sculpture Image copyright Andy Buchanan
Image caption The Clyde sculpture is one of 12 being placed in parks around Glasgow

A large wooden sculpture of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games mascot, Clyde, has been unveiled in Queen's Park in the city's south side.

The eight feet tall (2.4m) creation was carved by local sculptor Robert Coia.

It is one of 12 sculptures being placed in city parks as part of a council-run Games legacy scheme.

The sculptures and parks will be used as learning hubs to teach local children about sustainability, nature and the environment.

Other sculptures that have already been installed include a life-size African elephant in Pollok Country Park; a Giant Panda in Queen's Park; an African Baobab Tree in Tollcross Park; a Polynesian Tiki sculpture in the Botanic Gardens Kibble Palace and a Native American bench in Glasgow Green.

The Queen's Park Clyde sculpture was made with the help of P6 pupils from St Bride's Primary School.

Sculptor Robert Coia said: "This was a really fun project and the pupils thoroughly enjoyed our workshop where they helped me to create stepping stones that surround the base of the sculpture and which reflect the things they feel make Glasgow a great city.

"They were excited that Clyde, and their work, will live on and be enjoyed in the city long after the Games finish."

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