There is always more to see than anticipated when visiting the Barbican and this was exactly the case whilst on my way from Yto Barrada’s Agadir in The Curve to Another Kind of Life: Photography on the Margins in the gallery.
I came across this small installation tucked into a corner called Breathe: A Green Lung, devised by Cityscapes with Heywood & Condie in which a stained glass greenhouse is enclosed within two green walls.
Increasing greenery within an urban environment is preaching to the choir here; what really appealed to me creatively was the stained glass greenhouse with its amended imagery. To see more of their stained glass work click on this link.
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.
To sign up or find out more please visit the Pigeon Air Patrol website for London and Plume Labs for other cities.
These ones just amused me:
for the football fans;
for the fashionistas;
Rico means “rich” or “cute”
and so much for anonymity.
Here are some photos of art I saw when wandering around back streets up & down Cuba.
I hope you like them.
In Cienfuegos and
I walk past this house on a regular basis and have always been curious about the layout as it’s not a standard shape. I’m none the wiser as to the inside but was delighted to see that the owners had decorated the front door for some unknown (to the passerby at least) occasion. The hydrangeas are holding up pretty well but other flowers such as dahlias were past their best. I still think it looks good and love the autumn colouring.
Cutting (hah!) through Burlington Arcade the other day I saw that paper artist Zoe Bradley’s paper flower chandeliers were still up.
Her commission was to celebrate the gorgeous new flooring installed as part of ongoing restoration of the arcade. Jamie Fobert Architects created the traditionally inspired yet contemporary design made up of 64,000 pieces of British stone
For those of you who like numbers, the chandeliers consist of 1860 flowers made from 9676 petals and 2100 leaves,
Walking back from a private view the other evening I saw this in the distance which begged a closer look. The Old Building at the London School of Economics is the location beautifully lit up at night.
Final Sale is a temporary installation created by the Recycle Group dealing with consumerism in our current global recession, recycling imagery and materials.
From afar it looks like delicately etched glass but close up you can see that it is moulded mesh
Look at the shadows on the stone.It’s heartening that the LSE, one of the leading centres for economics in the world, emphasises the necessity and importance of art and culture in our society.
Tate Modern is generally acknowledged to be one of the wonders of contemporary London. I noticed during a recent visit the traces of Doris Salcedo’s Shibolleth piece from 2007 remaining in the floor.
Shibolleth – Doris Salcedo
At the moment Richard Tuttle‘s installation, I Don’t Know – The Weave of Textile Language fills the space
still leaving plenty of room for solitary pressups in the corner