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.