This wonderful piece of street art adorns a gable end on Glasgow’s High Street. It is one of several Glaswegian pieces by Smug, an artist who never disappoints.
The mural portrays a modern day version of Glasgow’s patron saint, St Mungo, whose body now lies just up the street from here, in the crypt of the cathedral.
The work brings to life the story of the bird that never flew; a wild robin that had been tamed by St Serf but accidentally killed by St Mungo’s classmates. Mungo was blamed for the death, but he saved the situation by praying over the dead bird and returning it to life.
The now-famous bird appears on the city’s coat of arms, together with some other almost non-entities: the tree that never grew, the fish that never swam and the bell that never rang.
Copyright Debbie Smyth, 18 December 2017