Mosaics and Royston’s Rose
The Spire Park’s landscaping outlines the footprint of Townhead-Blochairn Parish Church which stood here for over 130 years.
Around the perimeter of the former church are a series of mosaics – artist Jane McInally worked with community groups of all ages to create 12 mosaic panels reflecting the history of Garngad and Royston. Workshops were held to research local history and archives, and ideas were developed visually via a variety of art and digital arts activities. Historical research and participants’ stories and memories provided the inspiration for the imagery – and design elements from the church also influenced the style of the mosaic designs. Archaeology Scotland, Royston Library, Roystonhill Community Centre and Rosemount Lifelong Learning supported the project.
In 2001 the Spire became the centrepiece of a project in which artist Graham Fagen asked local children to name a rose for the area. Nicole McDonald from St.Roch’s school suggested the name “Where The Heart Is” and a ceremony was held at the People’s Palace Winter Gardens to present her and the runners-up with prizes.
In 2019 Rosemount Development Trust re-introduced Royston’s rose to the area as part of landscape and environmental improvements to the Spire Park, with funding from WREN FCC Scottish Action Fund and working in partnership with Spire View Housing Association who opened their new Roystonhill Community Hub.