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Glasgow School of Art - New Images Show Impact of 2014 Blaze

Glasgow School of Art after the Fire via PA Wire

New images have been released showing the extent of damage caused by 2014 fire at the historic Charles Rennie Mackintosh building at Glasgow School of Art. The newly released laser-scanned images detail the impact of the blaze. The scans were created by experts in 3D visualisation at the school's digital design studio, and they show the charred structure complete with the classical sculpture plaster casts which survived the fire. See graphic above - the picture on the right shows the building before the fire.

The images will form the basis of a model to document the restoration, which is expected to be complete by 2019/20. The school estimates that the cost of restoring the building could reach £35m.

The restoration fund was launched in June 2014 by Brad Pitt and former GSA student Peter Capaldi. The fund aims to raise £20m. A spokeswoman for the art school said:

"The model will document every stage of the restoration and create a detailed record of the work undertaken for future use both by the GSA and other organisations carrying out complex restorations of historic buildings."

Flames engulfed the school as students were preparing for their degree shows and a fire investigation found the blaze began when a projector ignited gases from expanding foam used in a student project.

For more images, see Glasgow Architecture and Daily Record Web sites

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23 April 2016

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