The streets of New Orleans are patrolled by a vigilante called The Gray Ghost, 52 year old Fred Radtke, a man who’s been systematically obliterating every piece of graffiti across the city with the same shade of gray paint since 1997.
For my eleventh installment of All Things English… check out how British street artist Banksy used The Grey Ghost’s canvas as a launch pad for a fresh piece in New Orleans.
Doesn’t this have a “Hello, my name is Simon” from Simon in the Land of Chalk Drawings feel? Keeping in the ATE theme, these cartoons were originally made in England by Filmfair in the 70’s… and they too are rad.
For my tenth installment of All Things English…
English supermodel Kate Moss has officially earned her weight in gold thanks to English artist Marc Quinn‘s latest sculpture called Siren. His sculpture of Moss is said to be the largest solid-gold statue to be made in the world since the time of Ancient Egypt. Quinn estimated the value of the life-sized, 110 lbs, three feet tall (because she is in a seated yoga pose) sculpture at more than £1.5 million.
Before this, Marc Quinn’s most famous sculpture has been Alison Lapper Pregnant which appeared on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square.
Speaking about choosing the supermodel as a subject, Quinn said: “I thought the next thing to do would be to make a sculpture of the person who’s the ideal beauty of the moment.”
The statue will be displayed in the Nereid Gallery of the British Museum, alongside other statues such as Crouching Venus, a Hellenistic model of Venus surprised while bathing.
Quinn’s latest work, which shows Moss in a yoga pose, is part of a collection, entitled Statuephilia, by contemporary artists going on display at the British Museum.
It is the second time the London-born artist has used the model as his muse. He previously created Sphinx, a white-painted bronze sculpture of the fashion icon.
Quinn is also known for Self, a bust of his head made from eight pints of his own frozen blood.
Other artists exhibiting include Damien Hirst and Angel of the North creator Anthony Gormley.
Gormley said: “The British Museum is a laboratory of possibility for any creative mind. It is filled with objects that reach across time and touch us intimately.
“Seeing as a child the great head of Rameses and the Assyrian winged bulls at the British Museum was what made me become a sculptor.”
The exhibition will run from October 4 to January 25.
Le Cool Publishing is a completely independent publishing company that is dedicated to creating guidebooks filled with the most awesome underground experiences that reflect the city’s true flavor rather than the “hippest or latest” lemming crap.
I am excited to report that as of this May, the London version was published… putting it in my ninth installment of All Things English.
Designed by Jeremy Leslie at John Brown, A Weird and Wonderful Guide to London is the gateway to a city of freaks and wonders, of the kind you hear whispered about in dark corners, but were never quite sure existed. Edited by Mat Osman, it takes you by the hand and leads you throughout the city, from New Cross to Mayfair, opening closed doors and revealing secrets that might just change your life.
Here’s a sneak peek…
Buy it or any of the other European cities including Barcelona, Madrid, Amsterdam or Lisbon) here.
Interactive light displays seem to be all the rage…
This past Saturday was Glow. Located on the Santa Monica Pier, this free contemporary art exhibit of light was inspired by Nuit Blance in Paris. One of the major highlights was Usman Haque’s Primal Source – an aurora borealis-type exhibit built out of a huge water spray screen with rear projected light patterns. The changing display was controlled by crowd reaction and ambient noise caught on the microphones set up in front of the display. If you are interested in seeing Primal Source in action, watch this video!
And last year, even God got in on this action with his own exhibit called Evoke. A massive interactive light projection on York Minster’s western facade. Can I get an AMEN?
For my ninth installment of All Things English…
It is all about the Royal College of Art Show. On display is silversmith designer Kathryn Hinton‘s great bowl & fork set. The prongs of the forks correspond with the words imprinted in the bowl as though stamped during a feeding frenzy. Brill!
And Freddie Yauner‘s exit sign that comes to life when you aren’t looking. Reminds me of the secret little creatures in Kage no Sekai that I love so much.
My seventh installment of All Things English…
So, England’s Office of Government Commerce unveiled their new logo…
Looks like a good logo, right? Clear. Simple. Bold. Until you turn it on its side… and see a bow-legged man with his hand on his… um, chubby.
Although perhaps an indecent proposal, I say, “Free yourself from the chains of respectable modesty and show us your saucy side!”
Via The Telegraph
I am a spiritual person… but not in the traditional sense of the word. However these amazing churches are enough to make me… well, go to church!
Iglesia de Santa Monica in Madrid, Spain looks like a cross between a sea barnacle and the little wonky-eyed monster you feared was under your bed when you were a kid. And, what is up with that ominous sky? Spoooooky!
The new distorted window in St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church in London, England is intended to emulate the rippled image of a cross as if it were being reflected in water. This window, designed by Shirazeh Houshiary, is part of a $36 million refurbishment of the church which was originally built back in 1726. Check out more via The Guardian.
I am blown away by the Fetish exhibition. First shown at Design Art London, it showcased five limited edition pairs of shoes by Christian Louboutin alongside five signed photographs of the shoes by David Lynch. Speechless…
My sixth installment of All Things English…
Tim Soong wedding plans were wrecked after British Airways managed to lose his luggage which included his and his best man’s suits, and the bride-to-be’s wedding dress. As if that wasn’t bad enough, BA continued to add insult to injury by not offering an apology or compensation for their error
He got revenge by posting a covert music video on YouTube that pokes fun at the travails of British Airways £4.3 billion new home at Heathrow with its delayed flights, long queues and faulty lifts. The video has since become a runaway success and the song, which is likely to be released as a single, is getting repeated plays on London radio stations.
Any traveler can appreciate these lyrics:
The news ain’t good. I’m stuck in a queue. After 15 hours, it still hasn’t moved. They lost all my bags. They lost my wife too.
I asked an official what’s going on but she didn’t seem to know exactly what’s wrong – something about robots and a luggage machine.
And did I know this building was opened by the Queen? Well that’s really interesting but I should be on holiday in Italy – Vespas, ciao and fettuccine.
I’m surrounded by airport insanity.”
The debacle which followed the opening of Terminal 5 last month has also spawned an Internet game called Terminal Panic in which Willie Walsh, the airline’s chief executive, tries to load bags onto the carousel without being hit by a luggage trolley.