"It started as a conversation and became a gift from 50 companies to Glasgow and South Lanarkshire"
Steuart Padwick, Artist/Designer
"Hope empowers us to act, and by taking steps to protect the future of our global environment, we can also safeguard our physical and mental wellbeing."Professor Sir Harry Burns, Director of Global Public Health at the University of Strathclyde
"Steuart Padwick’s hopeful and touching Hope sculpture in my hometown of Glasgow — host to COP26 — is a place to reflect, to heal, and a symbol of the opportunity and hope arising from the challenges that face us all. It is a reminder of the power within each of us to make a difference to the earth."Hannah Currie, filmmaker, mental health activist and campaigner.
"The monumental Hope sculpture is a powerful and much needed symbol of hope. It is a timely reminder that by taking better care of our environment we take better care of our own and our communities mental wellbeing."Nigel Topping, UN High Level Climate Action Champion, COP26.
"The Hope sculpture will serve as a rousing reminder that the climate emergency has to be addressed and that together we, as a society, can forge a greener, healthier future for all Glaswegians."Cllr Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council.
"The Hope sculpture is a magnificent addition to the landscape of South Lanarkshire. It will serve as a very visible reminder of the care we all need to take to protect both our environment and our own mental health, and as such I truly believe it will indeed inspire hope in people in South Lanarkshire and beyond for generations to come."Councillor John Ross, Leader of South Lanarkshire Council.
Hope is Black Lives Matter.
Hope is MeToo.
Hope is my son and my daughter. Hope is a girl called Greta.
Hope is the colour of the future.
I want to see lots of people with lots
of animals and none sick or have
no mums or dads
I would like to live on a farm and have dogs, cats, chickens, llamas and donkeys
I want to have lots of friends and we can go to the big fields and play all day
Grace Hughes – Age 5
Carson a tha sinn dìreach
nar suidhe an-seo, an dòchas?
Feumaidh sinn rudeigin
Emilio Cox-Shanks, Aois 10
The streets will be full again
The music good again
The gentle will rule again
And the lover will be human
The fools will be found out
The lies will be drowned out
The sun had its practise
A lifetime of rising
Let hope lope alongside you like the wolf we thought had died out, teeth and claws and howl and all. You thought you were alone. But there it is, so untamed that the fact it’s walking so peaceably alongside you is what folk used to call a bloody miracle.
With encouragement and support from Glasgow City Council and South Lanarkshire, the journey of the Hope Sculptures has evolved through listening to and engaging with individuals and companies across Glasgow and beyond, including environmentalists, community groups, writers, poets, local residents, scientists, mental health professionals, urban planners, schools and film makers.