On Sunday, we managed to catch the last day of a sculpture exhibition in and around Hull’s Humber Street. The area where the marina stands was once a dock and Humber Street was a hub for traders, particularly fruit merchants.
However, it fell into decline and lay mostly derelict for some years, before being transformed into an eclectic mix of bars, restaurants, artisan cafes, music venues and art galleries.
Above: an installation in the art gallery – blow it and it lights up in different colours!
So it was the natural choice to house the Paper City exhibit, part of the City of Culture events. The ten day display explored our relationship with paper and play, with eight artists and designers invited to create something using one of the most fundamental mediums for creativity.
Queen Victoria Square, in the city centre of my home town, Hull, has become quite the location recently. Since the start of our City of Culture year, it has housed various attractions, including the light show to kick off the celebrations and ‘The Blade‘ – built in the city and the largest man-made single piece structure in the world (and I swear it’s not photo-shopped in!)
However, the most recent offering is a touring collection of ceramic poppies – you may be familiar with them cascading from the Tower of London as part of the ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ exhibition, commemorating World War 1. And now we are privileged to look after them for a few weeks as they tour around the UK.
Hello everyone, hope you are all well!
Today, I bring you my final post before Christmas (and incidentally my 200th offering!), and the last WoW (not the RPG game) of the year. I’ve really enjoyed doing these collections over the last year and hope you’ve enjoyed reading them…because I’m continuing int0 2017!
Naturally, some inclusions have gone a little festive this time but there are plenty of other gems I’ve discovered whether you love or loathe the C-Day. So take some time out from the wrapping, put your feet up with some mulled wine and enjoy Web of Wonder 8!! 🙂
Last weekend, we ventured out into the Spring sunshine and visited Yorkshire Sculpture Park, in Wakefield. The 500 acre estate is home to many permanent sculptures by the likes of Andy Goldsworthy, William Pye and Dame Barbara Hepworth.
It also houses transient installations, such as their current exhibition by American artist KAWS. This is the first UK museum exhibition by him and I’ll admit that I wasn’t aware of his work before we went. However, I loved his quirky characters and marvelled at the sheer size of some of the outdoor structures, which represent nostalgic aspects of growing up.
I’d stupidly forgotten to take the camera, so all these have been taken on my iPhone. I’ve then had a play around with them, bleeding out the background in order to give them an other-worldly feel.
This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge prompts us to look at time. Thinking about all the various connotations of the word led me to our holidays in Portugal.
We are lucky enough to have access to a villa on the Algarve, not far from where they hold an annual, international Sand Festival in Pera. Every year, sand sculptors practise their art based around a specific subject.
The year we visited, the theme was Idols. From explorers, to religious leaders, musicians to stars of stage and screen, the detail and size (some over 12 metres high) was incredible, all created out of approximately 40,000 tonnes of sand. The exhibition only runs for a few months, after which, just like the tide washing away a child’s castle, the bulldozers raze it to the ground, ready for the next year.