As an early birthday treat mum and I went to London to visit the Victoria and Albert Museum. It wasn’t my first visit, but there’s tonnes to see. We took an earlyish train but it was still lunchtime when we arrived. I opted for a rather nice goats cheese lasagne, the food there is pricey but at least it’s nice. Across the road at the Natural History Museum the cafe is pretty crap.
We thought about going to the temporary exhibition which was a history of underwear, but it costs £12 for those tickets, and we found the other fashion galleries instead. It was a through the ages look at fashion. Mum commented that the ‘modern’ pieces aren’t that impressive. I agreed but I think it was a little warped. The older clothes were clearly picked to represent common trends, while the newer ones were ones that would have stood out from the crowd. I mean there no stretch skinny jeans so it can not be said to truly represent what people are actually wearing today.
Boyfriend and I went on a trip to Liverpool and took the train up the coast to Crosby Beach to take a gander at the 100 Anthony Gormley sculptures that are standing on the beach and in the water. It’s called Another Place and was first shown in Germany in 1997, but was permanently installed at Crosby Beach in 2007.
You can see the effect of the salty sea air and water on the cast iron sculptures, as they have all begun to rust.The figures are spread out on a huge stretch of beach, and the view is quite striking, and a bit creepy as it just looks like lots of solitary men standing still and staring out to sea (which is what it is, so that makes sense).
The Liverpool Superlambanana was not something I had come across before this recent trip but it is a 17ft sculpture cross between a lamb and a banana by Japanese artist Taro Chiezo. Apparently, both sheep and bananas were common cargo on the city’s docks and it’s also a comment on the dangers of genetic engineering or something…
Anyway, the full size sculpture has moved around the city a few times and it was a little tricky to find the current location. But there are a few mini copies near the waterfront and Tate museum.
A couple of views of the waterfront of Liverpool around Albert Dock. I didn’t take many because the rain started to drizzle but the view across to the other side was quite good.
We also found a giant telescope that at one point seemed to do something as it had a simple model of the sun and some planets hanging at the end but its fixed in place now which was a bit disappointing for astro-boyfriend.
And there were a few other things around Liverpool that we found. The first thing was some cool brightly pidgeons on a building near our hotel. There were a couple of large cat door knockers on a door to a large building we passed on our way to Etsu the great Japanese restaurant.
Of course the Liver Birds, the mythical creature and symbol of Liverpool, sitting atop the Royal Liver Building. And George’s Dock; an art deco building near the waterfront.
The Tate Liverpool is situated in Albert Dock on the waterfront with the Maritime Museum and a bunch of boats, it’s quite nice. On my last visit they were having a pirate themed weekend which meant that there were loads of people outside but none inside!
The Tate is free apart from the temporary exhibition, which was Pollock which didn’t interest either of us so we just visit the free display. It was called Constellations- the curators had selected key pieces of art work and then others by different artists that were inspired by them. To be honest we weren’t over impressed with most of the pieces, I also felt that it was difficult to see how the pieces and artists were connected.
I didn’t take that many photos as I was trying to ‘enjoy the moment’ or something, and also I didn’t like that many. Still it’s always worth a visit if you’re in the area.
The Hepworth Wakefield. Full disclosure- I used to work here! But that just means I know exactly how friendly and knowledgeable the staff are and how much they care about their work.
Anyway, this is an Art Gallery in Wakefield named for Wakefield born artist Barbara Hepworth and was built to house a bunch of her pieces. But the current exhibition is sculptures by Caro, who died a couple of years ago. His work is pretty cool, there’s even a sort of tree house thing that little kids can play in.
Munich was a very clean city but there was a surprising amount of graffiti- I think really there wasn’t that much it just stood out because everything else was so clean and meticulously maintained.
Some of them seem to have been commissioned pieces like the bird top right, and others more spontaneous/illegal like the bird bottom middle. I quite like street art of all forms though, especially when graffiti artist get creative.
The National Media Museum in Bradford is still one of the main draws to the city, despite having its funding cut a few years ago. It’s a free museum with permanent exhibitions on the history of TV, advertising, animation, and games, as well as temporary photographic displays. It also has a cinema, with an IMAX screen, although it’s now run by Cineworld.
There’s also a cafe and shop. The cafe is nice but pricey (2 x sandwiches, 2 x drinks, and a packet of mini cheddars was over £16), and the shop is smaller than it used to be but they have some nice TV and film related things.
Just a short post about Nanjing Street in Shanghai, China. It’s full of statues and it’s fun for a wander. There’s also a film cafe, and there was a man selling bracelets which me and my sister bought (I can’t guarantee he will still be there…).