Published on June 21st, 2014 | by Philip Bates
Peter Capaldi’s Message to The Glasgow School of Art
Capaldi, an alumni of their Graphic Design course, sends his thoughts to those whose work was destroyed when the fire broke out in the basement of the historic Mackintosh Building in May.
Capaldi is joining Brad Pitt as a trustee of The Mackintosh Appeal to raise £20 million to help restore the building, a project which is estimated to cost up to £35 million. Peter, who was born in Glasgow, said:
“It always seemed to me, when I studied there, both as a student and as a child in Saturday morning art classes, an exotic place of the imagination… all nooks and crannies, guarded by stern ancient statues and full of artistic possibilities.”
Fortunately, only 10% of the building was damaged; sadly, that includes the famous Mackintosh library and work from degree students.
The school was built between 1897 and 1909 and is widely-considered the crowning glory in the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, a hugely influential artist and designer known for representing the Art Nouveau movement.
Peter graduated from the school in 1980.