Thursday, October 2, 2014

Brandon Street Housing

Brandon Street housing by Metaphorm, Elephant & Castle, Southwark, London
Brandon Street affordable housing by Metaphorm, 2010
Elephant & Castle, Southwark
London, September 2014

“Brandon Street contains 18 two- and three-bedroom flats for social rent behind a glittering, undulating ceramic-tiled fa├žade that sweeps along Brandon Street just south of the Heygate. This east-facing wall graduates in colour from yellow on the far left to deep red on the right, and at its foot has a long bench in grey and white concrete facing the street, with four trees to shade it.”
(Sunshine in Southwark, London Evening Standard)

Wednesday, October 1, 2014


David, copy of the original bronze panel of the Gates of Paradise by Lorenzo Ghiberti, Baptistry of Saint John, Florence
“David”, copy of the original bronze panel of the
Porte del Paradiso (Gates of Paradise) by Lorenzo Ghiberti
Battistero di San Giovanni (Florence Baptistery)
Piazza del Duomo
Florence, October 2013

See also: Adam and Eve - Cain and Abel - Noah - Abraham - Isaac with Esau and Jacob - Joseph - Moses - Joshua

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Monument to the Unknown Artist

Monument to the Unknown Artist by Greyworld, Sumner Street, Southwark, London
Monument to the Unknown Artist by Greyworld, 2007
Sumner Street, Southwark
London, September 2014

“Non plaudite modo pecuniam jacite”
(Don't applaud, just throw money)

“In 2007, Greyworld launched Monument to the Unknown Artist beside the Tate Modern on London’s Bankside. A permanent installation, it garnered the interest of the world's media. At first glance the installation would appear to be a simple bronze statue, dressed in a neck scarf and loose fitting suit. However, the six metre high monument seeks inspiration from passers-by, inviting them to strike poses which he copies, continually changing his form in a light-hearted and mischievous way. The unique sculpture offers an alternative and accessible creative experience for the public, allowing them to create a dialogue with the work of art.”
(Greyworld, Wikipedia)

Monday, September 29, 2014

Paris Speed

Enjoying a trip on Paris Speed's RIB 1, seen from the Pont des Arts, Paris
Enjoying a trip on Paris Speed's RIB 1
Seen from the Pont des Arts
Paris, July 2014

“Experience high speed on the most beautiful avenue in Paris, the river Seine! If you want to give your staff an exceptional ‘team building’ adventure, why not come to Paris ? We can take groups of a minimum ten people. You might like to dine afterwards in one of the delightful floating restaurants on the river. The shared memories of your employees cannot fail to give a unique opportunity of ‘team bonding’.”
(Who are we?, Paris Speed)

Sunday, September 28, 2014

The Shard

The Shard, Shard of Glass, by Renzo Piano, London Bridge Street, Southwark, London
The Shard (also Shard of Glass) by Renzo Piano, 2012
London Bridge Street, Southwark
London, September 2014

“He saw the 87-storey building as a ‘Vertical City’, with about 8,000 people living and working in premium office space, a world class hotel, luxury apartments, a spa, five restaurants and cafes, retail areas and space for exhibitions and performances. Walking around the public viewing gallery on Level 72, people will see as far as the North Downs, Heathrow and Hampstead, and on clear days have views as far as 30 miles.”
(The Shard - Europe's tallest building, Engineering & Technology Magazine)

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Riva degli Schiavoni

Piazza San Marco and Riva degli Schiavoni from the bell tower of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice
Piazza San Marco and Riva degli Schiavoni
Seen from the bell tower of San Giorgio Maggiore
Venice, September 2012

Friday, September 26, 2014

Royal Beasts

Royal Beasts by Kendra Haste, Tower of London, London
Two of the “Royal Beasts” by Kendra Haste, 2011
Tower of London, Tower Hamlets
London, September 2014

“The apparent ordinariness of wire and wire mesh belie their expressive qualities and provide ideal material for my sculptures. Drawing is integral to my work as an artist and is perfectly matched by the linear qualities of wire. No other material I have ever used has been able to suggest the sense of movement and life, of contour and volume, the contrasts of weight and lightness, of solidity and transparency - qualities that I find in my natural subjects. It is the perfect medium, inviting continuing exploration and challenge.”