Duke of Wellington Statue

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Malgorzata
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Interesting statue
Nov 2019
An amazing landmark in the centre of Glasgow . Equestrian statue of Arthur Wellesley, First Duke of Wellington, right at the entrance to the Gallery of Modern Art. The statue was carved by the Italian artist Carlo Marochetti and erected in 1844. It has become famous due to the traffic cones being placed on the Duke of Wellington head & on its horse. Glasgow city council has repeatedly removed the cones but after a public outcry they decided to leave them. It was considered to represent the humor of the local population. Really a must see when walking around Glasgow.
Written 12 October 2020
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johnhouston2
Knaresborough, UK3,900 contributions
Arguably the most iconic image of modern Glasgow.
Jul 2020
Arguably, in a country festooned with thousands of historic grand and artistic statues, this one of the Duke of Wellington in Glasgow city centre is the most iconic. I read an article by a Glasgow journalist and her opening lines seemed to explain it all.
“Edinburgh has the Castle. London has Big Ben. And Glasgow?
Well, Glasgow has a statue with a traffic cone on its head.”

But before further comment re the traffic cone, here’s the official bit:

The equestrian Wellington Statue is a statue of Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington. It is located on Royal Exchange Square, outside the Gallery of Modern Art near the end of Ingram Street and was sculpted by Italian artist Carlo Marochetti and erected in 1844.

For the best part of 140 years, the statue stood on its plinth without much fanfare, but that all changed in the early 1980s, when a traffic cone mysteriously started appearing on top of the Duke of Wellington’s head. Nobody knows how the practice began and most theories suggest that a drunk reveller in the city centre scaled the statue after a night out in order to adorn the Duke with his new accessory. In Glasgow? Surely not!

At various stages, the city council has removed the cones and tried to come up with schemes to halt the practice altogether. Despite such attempts however, the cone has remained for over 30 years, and whenever a cone is removed, it is only a matter of days before a new one appears in its place. In 2013, the council proposed a scheme to double the height of the plinth in order to deter intrepid cone fans, but the immediate and emphatic backlash from the Glaswegian public showed that the practice was not widely considered an act of vandalism, but rather a representation of local culture, and within 24 hours, a ‘Keep the Cone’ Facebook page had accumulated over 72,000 fans who united in opposition of the council’s plans.

It is clear that the statue with the cone on its heid has become one of Glasgow’s most iconic images and in 2011 the ‘Coneheid’ statue was named by Lonely Planet as one of the top ten most bizarre monuments on Earth. And I must say that I agree with the founder member of the Keep the Cone campaign when he said:

“The cone represents an important part of the city’s identity – Glasgow’s unique sense of humour.
It’s a harmless way of ‘sticking it to The Man’ and it simply gives people a laugh or reminds them of good times.”

And even the authorities have shown a bit of pragmatic common sense and have finally realised that the statue with the traffic cone means more to the heritage of Glasgow than the statue itself ever has.
Written 7 August 2020
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MGML
Inverness, UK155 contributions
Fun to See
Mar 2020
A must see when walking around Glasgow. Close to Buchanan St so easy to get to and grab a quick photo.
Written 14 May 2020
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Gabriel A
Ploiesti, Romania4,078 contributions
A comic tribute to Duke Wellington – legendary hero of the Great Britain
May 2019
Equestrian statue of Arthur Wellesley, Duke Wellington was created by Carlo Maroquetti, and erected in 1844. The monument is situated in Royal Exchange Square, in front of Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art.
From 1980’ years the residents of the city adopted a tradition to adorn the head of the statue with a hat in the traffic cone shape. So, they manifest their humor.
If you walk near George Square, you can't miss this monument.
Written 29 April 2020
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The Hush-Hush Reviewer
Glasgow, UK719 contributions
Wellington
Mar 2020 • Friends
Iconic and symbolic of Glasgow's humour and style. Haven't taken a picture next to it as of yet, but will do
Written 14 March 2020
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SharonJT67
Durham, UK4,806 contributions
A bit ‘coney’
Mar 2020 • Friends
The statue is nice with a lovely backdrop but it now has 3 cones taking centre stage, they’re multiplying, it’s a statue that can’t be missed especially when taking the city sightseeing bus.
Written 12 March 2020
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Robert S
Glasgow, UK20 contributions
Statue
Feb 2020 • Friends
A must when visiting Glasgow. Especially with the cone on his head. Become a new Glasgow landmark . Get a selfie here. One to remember
Written 19 February 2020
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Stewart112
Glasgow, UK42 contributions
Nothing special but a must see.
Mar 2019
The character of Glasgow in a statue. The council used to take down the traffic cone only for it to be practically replaced on his head every time. So they gave up.
Written 11 February 2020
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tiffy512
Oxford, UK20 contributions
Interesting
Aug 2019
Quite funny, there's always a new prop every now and then on the statue but the traffic cone remains the same, signature look i guess
Written 30 December 2019
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cassa52
Glasgow, UK18 contributions
Glaswegians make Glasgow
Dec 2019
This is what makes Glasgow yes a traffic cone on the Duke of Wellingtons " HEED" love the humour ICONIC
Written 13 December 2019
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