Created by Daan Roosegaarde and first displayed in the Netherlands, Waterlicht , shown at the recent Lumiere festival, imagines the water level a flood could reach if we don’t take active responsibility for our environment. It’s a dream-like installation with the water line above our heads.
Given the grim winter weather this week I thought I’d share these festive images. OK, so Christmas is over but the festive decorations at Le Printemps department store in Paris were so charming that they merit being seen even after the event.
I’ve long been an admirer of Rachel Whiteread’s work which can be seen at Tate Britain for another couple of weeks. Best known for her large scale sculpture projects, one of my favourites includes this one, Untitled (One Hundred Spaces) 1995, laid out in the Duveen Galleries
I almost expect to see the elements vibrate with the memories of the space they contain. Most exhibits are displayed in one large room with no internal divisions; I enjoyed walking from one area to the next and turning back to see the room from different angles Due Porte, featured on the catalogue cover, looks quite different from the side.I hadn’t seen these studies and domestically scaled sculptures before, which resonated for me in a different way. Her work strikes me with its humanity regarding memory.
before coming to this splendid entrance below. No photography was permitted inside as it is the headquarters of the Commonwealth of Nations and the seat of the Commonwealth Secretariat.
Built for Sarah Churchill, the Duchess of Marlborough and Queen Anne’s confidante, it remained the Dukes of Marlborough’s London residence for over a century. This grand palace backs on to the Mall – I’ve often seen the flags visible over the wall and wondered what they meant.
Now I know. Look at the size of it!
St James’s Palace is the next door neighbour seen here in the background, so convenient when Anne needed Sarah, which by all accounts was frequently.
Father and son worked on Natural Selection, an exhibition staged by Artangel which was a combination of education and art. There was much more to it than this one room but I wanted to share the seductive beauty of the eggs, so realistic yet all painstakingly made of porcelain and painted by hand.
After a fascinating exhibition of more traditional interpretations, including some staggeringly convincing trompe l’oeil painting, you walk into a bright yellow room and everything becomes tones of that colour.
The Lisson Gallery & The Vinyl Factory held Everything at Once at Store Studios recently to mark its anniversary with this exhibition. Of the 24 artists included I’ll mention 2: Richard Long with Pelopennese Line, a temporary mural made directly on the wall.Al Arabia Al Madfuna III by Wael Shawky had me transfixed; here are a few stills from the film where the production in negative created a mythical and dreamlike atmosphere whilst the text dealt with history, estrangement and, at times, horror.
Artists and designers have and always will be, inspired by nature. These two makers, seen at Made London, are a case in point.
Bridget Bailey’s exquisite interpretation of bird eggs made from textiles and feathers caught my eye, quite a change from her earlier insects and moths (see a previous post)
as did the work of another textile artist, Amanda Cobbett, who is completely obsessed with nature. Her highly reflective display boxes didn’t permit decent photos of these fungi so please visit her website for better imagery
And those red dots below are from my camera, not some aberration on the mushroom.
To see more of Bridget’s work, visit Clockwork Studio’s Christmas Open Studios 8th – 10th December
Ah, Claridge’s! I was seduced by this hotel from the moment I stepped in and just had to share the glamour of this room, too grand to be just the loos and reminiscent of those black & white movies where the heroines retreat to powder their nose.
It’s an Art Deco joy with painted walls, plaster jewel-encrusted pillars, bevelled edge mirrors
and the diffused lighting fixtures of Lalique.
Open House London gives us, the public, the opportunity to visit buildings of all kinds not normally open to general view during the rest of the year.
Designed by Laurence Lee (who also designed the windows for Coventry Cathedral) they are a memorial to Nobel Prize Laureate Cyril Hinshelwood and represent alchemy and chemistry. The four traditional elements: red for fire, clear for air, blue for water and green for earth are all there along with the many chemical variants and combinations.