The Glasgow 2014 XX Commonwealth Games were the focal point of international sport in 2014, bringing together 71 nations and almost 5000 athletes from all over the world into the centre of Glasgow. The affectionately named Big G was one of Glasgow’s centrepieces for these games.
The Big G is a standalone stage-set that was situated in the very heart of the city, in George Square. It was unveiled in May 2014; with Glasgow City Council leader Gordon Matheson commenting that it provided an “opportunity for everyone – residents, visitors and spectators – to be part of the Games”. The installation was designed to provide an iconic backdrop for the sporting event, with visitors encourage to take ‘selfies’ for social media and share them with the world. It even has its own hashtag – #TheBigG, which was used tens of thousands of times by residents and visitors alike. The Big G was so popular that long queues developed with people wanting to get a snapshot beside it, and on several occasions #TheBigG was trending on Twitter.