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Glasgow School of Art removes items within the Mackintosh Building following Friday's fire
Smoke billows into the air as a firefighter sprays water to douse the fire at the Charles Rennie Mackintosh building housing the Glasgow School of Art in Glasgow, Scotland on May 23, 2014. A blaze ripped through one of the world's top art schools in the Scottish city of Glasgow on May 23, damaging a historic building designed by the architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh. All students and staff were safely evacuated from the Glasgow School of Art, officials said, after the fire sent smoke and flames billowing into the air. AFP PHOTO / DAVID BARZ.
GLASGOW.- “The GSA is currently implementing its plan to retrieve the student works, its archive and collections from the Mackintosh Building” says Professor Tom inns, Director of the GSA. “The first priority is to retrieve any of our archive and collections in need of immediate conservation, followed by the student work which will where necessary be given over to experts for conservation work to be undertaken. Other items will then be systematically retrieved.”

The art school will be working with a number of expert organisations to undertake this work including Constantine Art Movers.

The GSA also confirmed that the 1897-99 part of the building has survived intact. This includes the Director’s Office and Studio, Mackintosh Museum, Mackintosh Room, Board Room and Furniture Gallery. The GSA Archives have also survived.

The main part of the damage is in the 1907- 09 part of the building (the west wing). At this point it is not possible to confirm the extent of the impact beyond the fact that the library and studio above were sadly lost in the blaze, although it seems certain that the infrastructure of the Mackintosh Lecture Theatre is intact.

Professor Inns once again reiterated his thanks to the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and to the thousands of people who have sent messages of support and offers of assistance.

“The SFRC did not simply go the extra mile, but a marathon in their efforts to ensure that the as much of the Mackintosh Building and student work as possible was protected,” says Professor Inns.

“We have been overwhelmed by the number of messages of support from the local community in Glasgow and friends across the world, and the generosity of individuals and organisations in offering expert assistance to help us in these difficult times,” he adds.

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