"Now You"

Frank McNab, 2009, acrylics on canvas. 40 x 50cm

 Leonidas combs his hair before the battle of Thermopylae. He stands in front of Elderpark. The Spartans were cruel and extremely harsh, but elements of their society seem admirable: their first responsibility was to the state and they took pride in turning their backs on wealth and comfort. (Interestingly, they prayed to the goddess Athena.) This sense of the value of responsibility was once a strong guiding force among the self-taught in our city and was perpetuated by the public library system. "Now You" refers to the responsibility now passed down to us all as citizens of Glasgow to visit them and utilise their facilities as much as possible.