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Detail from: Memorial to 158 Squadron by Peter W. Naylor, 2009

All Greatness Stands Firm in the Storm


     The piers were built in 1878 as part of the first Caledonian Railway Bridge, erected by the Caledonian Railway Company. The piers are made of Dalbeattie granite founded on cast iron cylinders sunk into the river bed. They supported the bridge deck, which carried four tracks and was of wrought iron construction. The tracks and girders were removed in 1966-7 (2)
     The English translation is a rewording, after Heidegger, of a line from the sixth book of Plato's 'Republic'. It has been suggested thst a more accurate translation of the Greek would be 'all great things are precarious'


On the east side of each pier: ALL GREATNESS / STANDS FIRM IN / THE STORM The above is also inscribed in Greek, on the north pier below the English inscription, on the south pier above the English

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Finlay, Ian Hamilton Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Piers Dalbeattie granite None

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
AN/002 GW
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • No damage
Structural condition
  • None
  • None
Road Clyde Street
Precise location On middle 2 eastern piers of former Caledonian Railway Bridge, in River Clyde between Glasgow (Jamaica Street) Bridge and the 'new' railway bridge
A-Z ref 35 L16
OS ref None

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Date of design 1990
Year of unveiling c.1990
Unveiling details c.1990
Commissioned by [Glasgow City Council (for Year of Culture 1990)]
Duty of care None
Listing status Don't know
At risk? No known risk

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