Let Lego Flourish: Glasgow’s Coat of Arms

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I was initially motivated to build a Lego version of the famous Glasgow Coat of Arms by the excellent @GlasgowCOA Twitter feed. This feed shares pictures of the Coat of Arms in a wide range of settings. Caroline, who runs the account politley requested a Lego Coat of Arms, so I set about developing my version.

Here is the Bird that never flew

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Ex Parrot

The bird in the legend of St Mungo which influenced the Coat of Arms was a wild robin tamed by St Serf, and which St Mungo was alleged to have killed by accident. But after taking the dead burd in his hands and praying the wee bird was restored to life and flew back to its master. My Lego bird is a small, stumpy creation made from a min-figure head and a ‘tooth’ plate. The only actual birds that Lego make are eagles, owls and parrots.

I did briefly consider using a parrot, although when put to the vote on twitter, the wee stumpy bird was the clear winner. As one commentator described it:

“A shilpit wee bachle of a Glesga burd.”

Lynn Corrigan

I don’t think parrots are very Glasgow anyway; although there are some wild parakeets up in Dawsholm Park.

Here is the Tree that never grew

The tree refers to the hazel branches that St Mungo set fire to through prayer and used to relight a fire which had gone out under his watch. My tree consistes of a brown 1×4 tile as its trunk and two inter-linked dark gree foliage parts.

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Here is the Bell That Never Rang

St Mungo’s bell was used to call the good people of the city to prepare and was apparently a gift from the Pope brought back from Rome. Although the original bell was lost, the Town Magistrates bought a replacement in 1641 and this bell is still in the People’s Palace Museum. My Lego bell is made from a pearl gold light-sabre handle and 1×1 stud, held on by a 1×1 tile with a clip.

Here is the fish that never swam

The legend of the fish also involves the ring (which features in the Glasgow Coat of Arms). The gold ring was a present from Hydderch Hael, King of Cadzow, to his Queen Languoreth. The Queen gave the ring to a knight and the King, suspecting his wife of infidelity, took it from him while he slept during a hunting party and threw it into the River Clyde. The King demanded to see her ring, and faced with execution she appealed for help to Mungo, who ordered a messenger to catch a fish in the river. On opening the fish, the ring was miraculously found inside, which allowed the Queen to clear her name.

The Lego fish holds the ‘one ring’ from the Lord of the Rings set in its mouth (well actually it’s supported by a ‘jumper’ tile).  The fish is attached by another 1×1 tile with clip.

The whole scene is mounted on a background of white tiles of different sizes, giving it a slightly mosaic appearance. The Coat of Arms fits nicely into a 6×4 inch photo frame, and you can buy one in a range of different coloured frames on my Etsy shop here:

Bricking It on Etsy

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I was lucky enough to be invited to the Civic Reception at the City Chambers when the Coat of Arms trail was being officially launched. The Lady Provost hosted the reception whih was also attended by the First Minister. My Lego Coat of Arms featured in the slide presentation! Oh, and there was free wine too!

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