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Work begins on Mac library’s iconic lights

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Work has started on restoring the Charles Rennie Mackintosh-designed lights damaged during the fire at the Glasgow School of Art last year

The team working on the restoration of the building’s iconic library, including competition-winners Page\Park, is looking at how to rebuild the lights as part of the £35 million rebuild project. 

More than 600 pieces of the library’s lighting, including original glass, were taken from the wreckage after the blaze in May 2014. 

Sarah McKinnon, Mackintosh building restoration project manager, said: ‘The central light in the library was a classic piece of Mackintosh design. Given that so much of it survived the fire we wanted to explore whether it might be possible to reinstate it in some way in the restored library.

‘We have now begun the process with a careful examination of the hundreds of surviving pieces followed by a detailed discussion of the pros and cons of various approaches. 

She added: ‘The general consensus from the experts we gathered together was that enough of the original metalwork and glass had survived to make restoration viable.

‘The next stage in the process will be testing the metal to ensure that is indeed strong enough to be reused and we will then move forward to appointing specialists to undertake this particularly challenging 3d puzzle.’ 

Page\Park has so far produced more than 100 survey drawings to inform the re-making of elements of the building. 

The restoration project is set to complete by 2018.

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