The Hope Triptych

A Glasgow Official COP26 Legacy Project.

The Hope Triptych by Steuart Padwick, at Rottenrow Gardens is part of a gift from over 50 companies to Glasgow and South Lanarkshire.

The sculpture is a playful 3.5m-high adaptation of the Child of Hope and is composed of three colourful figures, symbolising the power of coming together. It is made from locally reclaimed sheet steel with a low carbon cement-free concrete foundation.

Leading Scottish writers, poets and local children have created Words of Hope that are engraved onto it.

The team have collaborated with Mental Health Foundation Scotland to produce supportive mental health sign posting.

Click here to see a list of the Build Partners and Collaborators.

Professor Sir Harry Burns, Director of Global Public Health at the University of Strathclyde, said “The Triptych Beacon reminds us all that even in the bleakest of times, we can offer a beacon of hope for the future. 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.”


I dream of a world, where our differences..
Are the binding power of our communities.

Adam Kashmiry

Kayla Burns, climate and social justice activist said: The Hope Sculpture serves as an astounding visual reminder to all of us of the beautiful and better future that we can create.”  

Dr Roddy Yarr, the Executive Lead of Sustainability at the University of Strathclyde, said “We are proud to host the Triptych Beacon at the heart of our campus and hope it will become a place for the entire University community to reflect on its message of hope. It’s fitting the sculpture, which is crafted from reclaimed metal, is sited here as it embodies the commitment of the University towards sustainability.”

Hope Triptych Location

The 3.5m high Hope Triptych at the University of Strathclyde’s Rottenrow Gardens.

A walking and cycling trail connects all 3 sculptures.