Last summer, Los Angeles-based artist Kalen Ockerman painted a mural on Hanbury Street, off of Brick Lane. The mural depicts bankers (ruled by the green all-seeing pyramid eye, which appears on the US banknotes) playing a game of Monopoly. The Monopoly board is held up of faceless individuals while others suffer and protest against a corporate machine. (This is my impression of the artwork, but others felt that the mural was offensive, and the number of complaints made against it ensured that it did not last long.)
I saw this street art in Shoreditch a little while ago and had to get a photograph of it. I'm not sure what this means exactly or what it refers to. "The robots are coming" is quickly scrawled on a wall.
The Dulwich Arts Festival was held earlier this month, and for two days at the end of the festival, visitors could take a glimpse of a house on Lordship Lane that was taken over by various street artists and transformed into a masterpiece....an empty canvas of walls, ceilings, rooms, floors, and fittings - all met with creative eyes and fresh coats of paint. For those who love street art, it was not to be missed.
I visited the house on the Saturday morning. I got there at 11:00am, but the artists and others were still cleaning up from the party the night before. They ended up letting us in at about 12:30. (I used part of the time to check out the other artwork in the area.) There's also much to see outside the house, including the walls of the house itself.
The exterior of the house features the works of multiple artists. The side of the house features a massive mural by RUN, which was inspired by the painting "The Triumph of David" in the Dulwich Picture Gallery. Malarky has painted some fox-like characters on the front, and Dscreet has created one of his signature owls. Nagel (Street Art: London's Mushrooms) also included some work in the front yard/garden, and there were smaller and hidden pieces by artists Pablo Delgado, Kid Acne (Street Art: Kid Acne's Warrior Women and London Street Art: 'Oh My Days!' by Kid Acne), and The Dog Sighs. The vehicles in the drive were also arted-up.
The back of the house had street art from ROA, Nagel, Kid Acne, Cityzen Kane, Dscreet, and others.
Work by Kid Acne, Pablo Delgado, and Nagel. I'm not sure who the cat's artist is.
The sign for the open house and artwork by Broken Fingaz on a wall in front of the house, beside a bus stop.
This was exciting because I've not come across some of the artists or their artwork before. Also, seeing the art as a collaboration between artists as well as entire rooms painted by one artist was inspiring.
One room was 'painted' and kitted out with Nagel's mushrooms. (You can see work by Malarky outside through the window.)
I loved the room by Nagel, and I always love spotting the 'organic' mushrooms growing out of the tops of buildings in London.
The Rolling People also painted the entire room, including the floor, windows, and ceiling, in their signature style. (They recently had a massive wall on the Village Underground in Shoreditch which I've got photographs of and will publish and entry for.)
The room by the Rolling People
Another room was painted with RUN's signature figures in an abstract style.
The RUN room
The bathroom had even been painted with works by Dscreet and a message above the toilet "Post this on your bog". That made me laugh a little, so I have posted it.
The bathroom has been converted into a room of street art.
For those looking hard, additional artwork could be discovered where it was least expected. Ben Wilson, who paints small pictures on bubble gum, contributed to some of the work in the house, and I discovered two pieces inside the house. I could not stay long, and I am sure that I missed a lot of this less-obvious artwork.
Artwork from Ben Wilson in the house consists of small-scale bubble-gum paintings.
In fact, I saw Ben Wilson painting a bubble gum outside on the pavement near the house. We had a chat, but I didn't really know what to say. I've read about his work and seen it, but I've never seen it in real life. This as pretty exciting. There were a few finished pieces near the front of the house as well.
Ben Wilson painting used bubble gum on the pavement.
I have many more photographs to post, so I hope you come back to visit this week to see what other surprises I have from Lordship Lane's street artist house. I hope you have a good week.
A few weeks ago, I visited Cheshire and found myself in a charming village of Nantwich. The village has many timber-framed buildings, pubs, and quaint shops. (In fact, there was a music festival happening in the village when I visited, and a lot of the local people were out and enjoying the festivities.)
A church and timber-framed buildings in Nantwich
Old buildings and the millennium clock in Nantwich's Cocoa Yard, including the surviving chimney of a blacksmith's shop
Church in Nantwich
A nuclear bunker museum is located outside the village in the middle of open country. This museum looked interesting.
The secret nuclear bunker in Nantwich
Before exploring Nantwich, we visited the Anderton boat lift. The boat lift uses hydraulics to raise and lower canal boats from a canal on a higher level of land to the river fifty feet below. The boat lift was built in the late 1800s and left to 'rust away' for many years before it was restored and opened to the public once again.
Visitors to the boat lift can enjoy a river boat ride in a canal boat and get a chance to see local wildlife, if they are lucky, and listen to commentary about the area and the history of the boat lift.
The Anderton Boat lift with a canal boat leaving the lift.
A view of the river from the canal boat after a ride on the Anderton Boat lift.
Australian street artist Jimmy C (known as James Cochran) paints portraits using small dots or streaks of colours to represent light and shadow. He often portrays these portraits with shapes, such as orbs or urban-esque landscape in the foreground or with the illusion of motion. Several pieces of his work can be discovered around Shoreditch and Brick Lane in London.
A portrait on Redchurch Street with urban buildings in the foreground and around the subject.
A skull in a car park off Brick Lane (this no longer exists).
This year, the Weston-super-Mare sand sculpture exhibition is Hollywood-themed. The sand sculptures are made as a tribute to Oscar-winning films as well as to actresses/actors and film directors of the award-winning films. There's even a sand platform and Oscar trophy where visitors can stand and pretend that they are presenting or being given an Oscar. Visitors to the exhibition can also see how sand sculptures are created.
I visited the exhibit a few weekends ago. Although the poor weather has caused much damage to the sand sculptures, the talent and hard work put into some of the sand sculptures could be seen. The damaged ones were being repaired when I was there, and hopefully these now would have been fixed. (Apparently, the ice conditions this spring meant that the sand expanded as the weather and the sand warmed up.)
A sandy Gollum from the 'Lord of the Rings' films
A sandy tribute to the 'Pirates of the Caribbean'
From top: 'Toy Story', Alfred Hitchcock with birds, 'Up', Marilyn Monroe, and 'Ice Age'
Harry Potter and his friends made from sand; Dobbie is under repair
The massive sand King Kong
Have you been to see the sand sculptures in Weston-super-Mare? What did you think? Which one is your favoruite?
To make them even more likable, the piegeons have been given the name "Pablo". Pablo the Pigeon. I guess it works. These knitted pigeons can be purchased at: http://www.oeufnyc.com/pigeon.aspx
Frodsham is a market village (dating from medieval times) east of Chester. The village is rich in history and has many historic buildings, such as a row of thatched cottages. An attractive clock is located in the village's market square. I visited over Easter and took a few photographs of the village before continuing on my travels.
The attractive clock in Frodsham.
Chocolate Ducks made from marzipan and Cadbury Creme Egg in the bakery
Doorways, windows, and brickwork
Thatched cottages in Frodsham
A window in a thatched cottage
Otto Schade's style of street art is easy to recognise. The artist was born in Chile, but he currently lives in London and fills the streets of Shoreditch and Spitalfields with wonderful works of art.
About a month ago, I caught sight of Otto Schade painting a wall in Ely's Yard near Brick Lane. (Last year, the same wall was painted with a tribute to the Olympics.) The butterfly has hidden imagery inside it; two symmetrical skulls can be seen.
During the Olympics, Otto Schade painted this wall with a tribute to the Olympics. This is one of his styles of painting, with the figures made up of ribbons, which remind me of rubber bands.