Posts Tagged ‘public art’

Park in a Skip









The young London based artist Oliver Bishop-Young has had the brilliant idea of creating mini landscapes in that most prosaic of urban artefacts, the builder’s skip. Seen here is one of his most popular and successful designs, a park in a skip, featuring a park bench and a tree.

Other of Olly’s designs have included a water garden in a skip, a skateboard park in a skip, a swimming pool in a skip and a sitting room in a skip. You can find out more about Olly and his work at his web site www.oliverbishopyoung.co.uk  email:olly@oliverbishopyoung.co.uk

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Sealed with a (Marmite) Kiss

7 foot replica of The Kiss unveiled in Greenwich park on valentines day sculptor Jeremy Frattorini

There is a shortage of follies to report here at present so I thought we might look at some folly-esque public art. Follies are not to everyone’s taste  –  so what could be more of an acquired taste than a Marmite statue?

Following on the success of last year’s Guinness flavoured Marmite, the company brought out a limited edition “I Love You” Champagne flavoured Marmite for Valentine’s day on February 14th 2008.

To publicise it the manufacturers commissioned sculptor, Jeremy Fattorini to recreate Rodin’s celebrated sculpture, ‘The Kiss’, in Marmite. The work was ‘unveiled’ in London’s Greenwich Park.

Fattorini took nearly two and a half weeks to sculpt the 7ft replica statue which was coated in 420 jars of Limited Edition ‘I Love You’ Champagne Marmite. The artist said: “It will be interesting to see if this gains more popularity than the statue at St Pancras. I’m sure that Marmite will once again polarize the nation – you’ll either love it or hate it. It’s a good thing I like the stuff, as I was licking my fingers as I created it!”

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Teatubed John Radford

Often today it seems the line between follies and works of art in public places, is increasingly blurred. With fewer opportunities to build permanent follies, in urban environments, artists and architects are constructing temporary sculptures and fanciful buildings which reference the past and the future to stir our imagination.

One such artist is the Auckland based “tactile archivist” John Radford,  a man haunted by the ghosts of destroyed buildings. Radford has made it his occupation to document the buildings of old Auckland just before the bulldozers move in. The spirit of these old buildings are evoked in TIP, a sculpture/folly/ruins collection in Ponsonby’s Western Park which was his initial response to the redeveloped city. TIP comprises replicas of details of three buildings demolished in the Eighties, embedded in the ground.

But even there things are not what they seem. The installation includes Teatube,a “hidden interior work” located within VIC, the sculpture closest to the park’s  northern corner on Ponsonby Road.  Through a 2 inch window viewers can glimpse the Sky Room inspired by the tea room at the top of the  Milne & Choyce Building, a department store demolished in 1984. “It was the most lavish interior that Auckland has ever had.”

Disembodied bits of Auckland city sit within this mythic interior and replicas of an aged elevator engine sit in the tunnel alluding to floors below or above. 

Find out more about John Radford and his work at http://www.johnradford.co.nz/index.php/Artists-CV.html (To find out more about Teatube look in the heading “Interior Interior Works”).

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Tatto-ed giant swims beside the Thames

A giant tattoo-ed athlete, measuring 46-feet long and 10-feet high, is swimming through the grassy-verge next to the Thames at Tower Bridge this week. Somewhat surprisingly, the massive sculpture is the work of David Beckham and Kate Moss’s tattooist Louis Molloy.


Molloy, who was responsible for the ‘guardian angel’ tattoo on Beckham’s back, is starring in a new TV show that aims to highlight how tattoos are no longer confined to criminal and sailor circles but are now very much a mainstream art format.

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The Erith fish

Giant Fish entwine on a Kentish roundabout 

Motorists in Erith recently have been startled to find a set of giant mosaic fish entwined on a roundabout in Bronze Age Way. (So startled in fact that one motorist is reported to have run into it). They were even passed by the peleton of the Tour de France on their way when Stage 1 of the race took place in south east England this year

The fish, formally known as the De Luici Pike,  are one of a number of public works of art recently installed in Erith.  The ‘Erith Fish’ at it is locally known, was runner up in the Rouse Kent Public Art Award 2007, which is given each year by Kings Hill developer Liberty Property Trust UK Ltd, Kent County Council and Arts Council England, South East. Canterbury. The sculptor Gary Drostle and the council shared the £10,000 award.    

Gary Drostle told the press he was delighted his work had been honoured. He went on: “I was amazed to do so well as the competition was very stiff. The sculpture is an unusual piece of work and it is great to be recognised in this way.”

According to a Bexley Council press release the sculpture aims at combining a sense of Erith’s past through the use of the old town coat of arms (three fish) with a hopeful view of the future – with the realisation of the Thames’s key role in Erith’s future.

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