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The Verge
Mary Redmond
Outdoor | Public Space
All day: fri | sat | sun | mon
Venue 7:
Ferry Road
G3 8QX

*The site is located under the rail bridge at the bottom of Ferry Road, Yorkhill

Visual Art, Climate

Long term permission has been gained for this once derelict site to have a new life to benefit the local community and nature. Mary has transformed the area from a derelict dumping ground into a visually appealing and culturally sensitive site whilst also benefiting nature.

The Verge project works within the context of the brownfield site by creating a brownfield garden which is highly beneficial for insects and pollinators creating a little ecosystem full of life, whilst also providing an essential link in a chain of pollinator sites such as Yorkhill Park and The Bee Garden which together forms part of a Pollinator corridor created in conjunction with Yorkhill Green Spaces, Partick Housing Association and Glasgow City Council.

The native wildflowers planted all thrive in a low nutrient soil which these brownfield sites have. Many of these wildflowers have been called ruderal plants, plants that will grow in rubble. The varied typography creates ideal habitats for many insects. Art is an integral part of the Verge Garden with its sculptural design and incorporated sculptural elements which are still being developed and added and - where possible - these include some natural functionality to provide for the pollinators, such as a planned sculptural piece which will be filled with sand and can provide nesting sites for solitary bees. A second section of the verge is still under development and is intended to provide a temporary space for Public/ Performance Art. For the festival there will be a large scale site specific sculptural work in this space that is influenced by the nature and the local industrial history of the area.

Mary Redmond is a visual artist based in Glasgow. She makes large scale sculptural works in response to unexpected sites. 


A graduate of the Environmental Art Department at Glasgow School of Art she then completed a Masters of Fine Art at G.S.A. Mary is represented by The Modern Institute. In 2018 Mary was commissioned by Hospitalfield Arts to create a large scale sculptural installation for their walled garden. Mary has presented solo exhibitions at Platform, Glasgow in 2014; The Modern Institute, Glasgow in 2012, Dundee Contemporary Arts in 2010 and Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh in 2005. Over the last ten years, Mary has been part of major group shows including: Undone: Making and Unmaking in Contemporary Sculpture, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds; Studio 58: Women Artists in Glasgow Since WWII, Mackintosh Museum, Glasgow School of Art; and Bold Tendencies Sculpture Project 6, Peckham where Mary made an expansive installation within multi-story car park. Mary has shown regularly internationally, including at The Clay and Glass Museum, Ontario in 2014; Neues Museum, Nuremberg in 2013; and Kunsthall Oslo in 2010. In 2009 Mary received a Paul Hamlyn award for artists and has had numerous awards from Creative Scotland to support her practice.


The artist states:

  • Information or printed text will be accessible (ie large form print readily available or on request etc.)

  • There are public transport links nearby

  • The venue is wheelchair accessible

  • This site is easily accessed by everyone and is inclusive and welcoming


*The above information has been provided by the artist and is subject to change due to covid and other factors. Please get in touch with the artist or venue directly if you require more details.*

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