I’d like to introduce you to the Duke of Wellington, Glasgow style
Yes, thats a traffic cone on his head. Do you like our unique twist on his hat?
The traffic cone on his head is as iconic in Glasgow as a normal statue would be elsewhere. The cone first appeared as an addition in the 1980s (possibly a drunken prank) and since then, whenever the cone is removed by the Council, its almost immediately replaced. In 2013 there was a plan to raise the statue so the unusual hat couldn’t be replaced, but there was public outcry, a petition with over 100,000 signatures was created to oppose the Council’s position. The council did back down.
The Duke of Wellington is considered incomplete without his hat. Our traffic cone capped statue is part of Glasgow’s culture and our sense of humour is something we’re proud of.
This statue is part of Glasgow and the hat stays
You can read a bit more here