The redesign of one of Scotland's best-known city spaces has interested architects from around the world.
A shortlist of six designers for George Square in Glasgow has been picked from 35 entries from companies based in countries including Australia, Sweden, France and the US.
The 13 statues and monuments that stand in the square are to be moved to other sites in the city while the area is redeveloped ahead of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
The six shortlisted designs by French architects Agence Ter, US-based James Corner Field Operations and UK firms Burns + Nice, Gustafson Porter, JM Architects and John McAslan & Partners will go on display in January in a consultation period.
Council leader Gordon Matheson said: "The calibre of the companies competing to redevelop George Square clearly outlines just how iconic it is around the world. Each bidder has a wealth of international experience and all six have delivered a number of eye-catching civic spaces acclaimed by their peers and public alike.
"The city attracts thousands of tourists and conference delegates every year, who generate millions of pounds for Glasgow's economy, and we need to invest in our city if we want that to continue.
"This means it is absolutely essential we choose the very best designer-led team to create a new George Square fit for the 21st century."
Each applicant had to demonstrate its experience in delivery to bid for the project.
Among the bidders, JM Architects has offices in Glasgow and recently worked on the redevelopment of the School of Art in the city.
Agence Ter designed bridges for the 2012 Olympic Park and created the Grand Egyptian Museum while James Corner Field Operations, based in New York, designed the High Line Park in Manhattan, an elevated green space on former rail tracks.