Last year, Liverpool was European Capital of Culture which led to many events around the city of an artistic or cultural nature. One of the most visible of these was a massive public art exhibition, where ‘sculptures’ called Superlambana were given a myriad of different makeovers and went on display throughout the city. Most of these have now been removed, but we did see several during our day there recently. Here’s one of the simpler makeovers, which I found in a shop window. This has been decorated with examples of the Scouse dialect, the native tongue of Liverpudlians!
Bath did something similar last year, but with pigs. I think this kind of thing is a lot of fun and in the case of the Bath pigs it also raised a lot of money for charity as the pigs were auctioned off at the end of their residence.
The complex at Ellesmere Port is vast, so it’s difficult to provide an all encompassing scene to give you a real overview of the place. However, whilst this picture is just a portion of what’s on offer, it does show a number of the key elements which shows you why this is such a good place for a canal museum.
- Canals which still work
- Canals with locks
- Basin areas and moorings
- Lots of brightly painted boats
- Typical canal art
- Working boats and lots more requiring restoration and depicting a good cross-section of the kind of boats which worked the canals
- A huge complex of different building which were used during the heyday of canals
- Volunteers getting stuck in!
The Cowley Road in Oxford reflects the cosmopolitan side of this part of the city. There’s all kinds of shops, cafes and restaurants, selling all manner of things. This particular row of shops is the most striking as the entire upper floor of the terrace is covered in graffiti art.
And here is the real Banksy next to yesterday’s picture. Coincidentally the building originally housed a family planning advice centre when this was done. The council were going to erase it, but the Bristol public voted for it to stay. The blue paint was ‘added’ the first week the Banksy exhibition opened at the City Museum in June. As you can see not all of it could be removed without ruining the original painting.
At the bottom of Park Street in Bristol is a proper ‘street’ Banksy. I spotted these next to it the first time we went to see the Banksy exhibition at the City Museum.
The second time I went to the exhibition a couple of weeks later, these had been removed.
At the bottom of the station incline is a nursery which has this cheerful mural painted by local artists.
Makes going to the ladies rather an event!
There’d been a 10K run in London last Sunday. We’d seen loads of people on and near various Tube stations in running gear, numbered and with medals round their necks. Quite a lot of the usual route of our tourist bus the first time round was diverted because the streets were closed. Elsewhere, traffic chaos reigned.
You can also see some of the art for sale at Green Park – it’s all along the railings bordering the park. I think it’s there just at weekends, or even just Sundays.
This is what it’s about – as seen at the base of the Fourth Plinth on Sunday 12th June 2009.
At the time I took this photograph, I’d just been seen on the internet stream, so does that make me part of the art/installation too?
There’s more over at my regular blog today…
Last week the fourth plinth in London’s Trafalgar Square became occupied for 100 days. It’s a major public art project and the brainchild of Anthony Gormley. 2,400 people will each have the opportunity to be a living statue for an hour. The pictured leaflet shows the reason why Alive Dad was posing whilst we were there.