Evicted gran’s shock at plan to make model of tenement
Scottish Political Editor
Art chiefs hope the keyring-sized replica’s of Margaret Jaconelli’s tenement in Glasgow’s east end will become “icons” of the city.
They plan to make a solid gold model of the building in Dalmarnock with the cash they rake in from the 2014 mementoes, which will then be donated to a homeless charity.
But last night shocked Margaret — who was offered just £30,000 compensation over the demolition of her flat — told of her horror at the plan.
Margaret, 54, said: “In all the time I was in the house, I never thought of it as a work of art. Maybe they should give me the gold tenement because I’m still homeless and still haven’t received a penny for my home.”
We told how the gran was dramatically evicted from her home following a bitter row with the council in March last year. But she said she hoped the models of her flat would raise awareness of the laws that led to her being forced out.
She said: “This way, the issue of compulsory purchase can be highlighted.
“Many of the shopkeepers in Dalmarnock have not received a penny in compensation.
“If they are going to make a souvenir of the Commonwealth Games, then at least this way visitors will know the price that people had to pay.”
Artists Neil McGuire and Marianne Anderson came up with the idea of creating the trinkets.
The said: “We’re exploring the way architectural landmark souvenirs like the Eiffel Tower and Statue of Liberty can carry a narrative about mega-events such as the Commonwealth Games and Olympics.
“It uses one instance of the eviction of a homeowner and the demolition of a property to ask questions about ownership, regeneration, community, value and capital.”
The tenement model is one of six designs which have been chosen, including medals made of Tunnock’s Teacakes, scarves reflecting Glasgow’s landscape, travel rugs, a musical phone app and a china jelly mould based on the interior of the city’s famous Rogano restaurant.
The scheme is being supported by the government-backed arts body Creative Scotland.
And the souvenirs will be displayed at the People’s Palace in September before going into mass production.
Creative Scotland’s Iain Munro said: “This will be a chance for us to support, showcase and celebrate Scotland’s creativity.
“It offers a great platform to showcase our creative and manufacturing talent to national and international audiences.”