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.
If you live in a city and want to know more about the air quality in your area then get in touch with the Pigeon Air Patrol.
This innovative idea involves pigeons flying around (as they do) equipped with tiny little air monitoring backpacks devised by Plume Labs, which report on the quality of our air.
An estimated 50,000 people marched through central London on a damp grey day before the beginning of the UN climate summit in Paris and here are some of the ways people chose to illustrate this crucial global issue.
Wonderfully mobile animal heads at the beginning of the march at Hyde Park Corner Polar bear topped ice floe by a CND supporterOne of Greenpeace’s many polar bears was followed by an icebound boat surrounded by more polar bears.
Now that Dreamland in Margate has reopened, the vintage fun fair seems to be on the rise.
I couldn’t end without including an image of the iconic fairground attendant – I’m sure we all remember them from our youth.Check their website for dates and also for information on fairground art classes.
It looked cheerful and welcoming so I gave it a go. I now know that Paddock School is specifically for children with special educational needs and that the cafe helps them learn professional and life skills.
Not only do students take orders (Rory took mine), serve food and clear up, they also prepare the food, some of which is grown on-site (including the potatoes for that day’s leek & potato soup). Predictably enough I vote with my tastebuds – the home-made hummus was delicious as was the salad – people often get the dressing wrong but not here. Oh yes, the home-made (again) carrot cake , bought as a takeaway only lasted as far as the station platform.
Well, I strongly recommend a visit – I’m sorry I live so far away because I’d definitely become a regular otherwise. The “staff” were all so friendly – nothing beats a big smile and palpable excitement at the task in hand. And they’re getting an allotment soon – how exciting is that!
Many of us are used to seeing flint used in buildings in the UK but have you really looked at the different construction? Here are two very different but equally beautiful ones seen in Norwich.
Please let me know if you have pictures of any other examples.
Well, did any of you actually see anything when we had the solar eclipse on the 20th March? I was working from home that day and noticed that it got a bit darker for a while – that’s what low cloud will give you.
I did have Stargazing Live running on my laptop (click here to watch it on iPlayer) so was able to see footage from the plane flying above the Faroe Islands which was pretty dramatic. Here are a few images from the BBC including the “diamond ring” below. You can see exactly why it’s called that.
The one below, taken in Cheshire, is more the kind of thing we’d have seen from the ground (can you see it right in the middle of the picture?) and reminds me of the one I saw and photographed in London in the 1990s (pre-digital camera). Eerie is the right word for it: it gets colder and the birds go quiet; I can imagine how terrifying it must have been before we humans discovered the science behind it.
This image above from the NASA Goddard space flight centre is really dramatic.
The whole event was really inspirational for me and has become another strand feeding into my visual vocabulary.
This question is key to me as a visual artist.
As you know, I’m interested in the skill of making as well as ideas, whether that be in art, “craft” or design. As far as I’m concerned a level of hand-eye co-ordination is hugely important for all these disciplines. Drawing is, for me, the most effective way of really looking at something and is the common grammatical base of a language which may then be developed in an infinite number of directions. Of course it doesn’t have to be with a pencil but the direct gesture from eye and brain to the limb (normally a hand) in order to communicate an idea.
If we can’t convey our ideas through imagery of whatever kind then where does that lead us? Surely to a facile and superficial dead end.
What do you think?