A giant steel mural of comedian Billy Connolly is being created at a housing development in Anderston, Glasgow. The housing association decided to honour the Scottish star, who was born in the district in November 1942, reports Bbc News.
Acclaimed artist Andy Scott has been given the job of creating the mural, which measures 20ft by 16ft and will hang from a wall at the Sanctuary Scotland development. The Billy mural will overlook the district's expressway and shipyards, where the comedian once worked as a welder. After briefly working abroad as a boilermaker, Connolly returned to Scotland in the late 1960's and focused on breaking into the entertainment business - initially as a folk singer. The mural, part of Scotland's 50 million regeneration of Anderston, is Mr Scott's 70th public sculpture to date. The artist's work includes the 'heavy horse' sculpture on the M8 and the 33ft mermaid that sits beside the A80 at Cumbernauld - he also has work on display in Belfast, Spain and Australia. The Connolly mural is due to be revealed by the end of 2011.
The comedian recently spent time in hospital after crashing his trike while filming an Itv documentary about Route 66. Billy lost control of his bike on the iconic route between Chicago and Santa Monica, breaking a rib in the process.