Reconciling the Old Firm

Glasgow’s Old Firm — A Dual Force in the City

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The infamous rivalry of Rangers and Celtic may not be as visible as it used to be, but underneath the skin of the city of Glasgow, a tension still exists. The proposed journey of reconciliation creates a visible link between the two stadia and is comprised of eleven moments; designed to remember, to understand, to heal and to forgive.

The concept begins with a circular void in the ground that forms an exterior threshold. Once a participant passes over the intangible line, they enter into a sacred interior space. From this void a vertical element grows and makes the invisible visible. The verticality encourages physical postures of humility, openness, giving, unity, and peace, and at the final moment — located in the geographical mid-point between the two stadia — fans from both sides come together to meet in a posture of reconciliation.

The uniting of a city; a city no longer divided.

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