Archive for the Buildings Category

Last call with much love barking out 2016

Posted in Buildings, Dog, innocent bystander, London, observation with tags , , , , , on January 1, 2017 by lkthayer

dscf3873

dece

I leave you my good friends out from 2016 with these snaps and wish you all a very Happy New Year ahead…..

~ Snaps & best wishes by Mitch Hicks ~

Postcard from trash

Posted in Artwork, Buildings, London, observation with tags , , , , , on November 15, 2016 by lkthayer

olym1

Local artist Wendy Rolt drew this postcard in 2011 from the View Tube  view looking out at the building of the Olympic Stadium, Stratford, East London. I found this postcard among the trash in Hackney Wick in October 2016. By coincident I had also taken a snap of a similar view in 2011. How strange that among the scattered rubbish I spotted the card.

The postcard was found next to the trash bin marked by the black arrow I have drawn on the snap. The motto here is that not all that is thrown away is gone and forgotten for good…. I have since discovered that the artist Wendy Rolt is still painting and is the founder of  Arch 76.  A charity art project in Bethnal Green. Open to all vulnerable women of any age coping with their trauma through art.  A  peaceful safe haven drop in centre where they can feel happy to make new friends and explore art in any way that is comfortable for them. More info on the artwork of Wendy Rolt can be found on her website  http://www.wendyrolt.co.uk/

Snaps and comment by Mitch Hicks

The Last Artist….. (meets Lao Tsu)

Posted in Artwork, Buildings, Film, observation, Off The Wall, Quote, Street Art with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 12, 2016 by lkthayer

The Last Artist by Allysha Webber

https://allyshawebber.com/portfolio/the-last-artist-by-allysha-webber/#more-236

The above beautiful  award winning short film” The Last Artist” ~ Written, directed and produced by Allysha Webber ~ Animation & Artwork by MotionLab ~ Narrated by Francis Edwards.

Extremely captivating so please view and enjoy it yourselves as much as I did. The film led me to show you a snap I took of an iconic mural designed by Kenson Seto, and painted by Alex Li and Falk in China Town, Vancouver. The “Lao Tsu  Mural”  This lovely mural will be lost forever owing to a new  building being built onto the wall. http://www.vancitybuzz.com/2015/03/city-green-lights-chinatown-development-blocking-iconic-mural/

dscf0862

The mural has the written translation of  Chinese philosopher Lao Tsu ~ “It takes knowledge to understand others, but it needs a clear mind to know oneself. It takes strength to surpass others, but it requires a strong will to surpass oneself.”

Film ~ Allysha Webber ~ Comment & snap ~ Mitch Hicks

Sunset Over English Bay Vancouver

Posted in Buildings, Landscape, observation, Sky with tags , , , on September 29, 2016 by lkthayer

dscf1016

Snapped as the autumn sun was setting over English Bay ~ Vancouver ~ Canada by Mitch Hicks ~ 2016

Of all the bars

Posted in Artwork, Beer, Buildings, Loo, observation, Off The Wall with tags , , , , on July 22, 2016 by lkthayer

DSCF7401gThe Felons Club along the Falls Road is surly one bar that holds many secrets, sanctuary and breathes living history on the struggle for a united Ireland. Full membership is only open to those that have served the cause. Steeped in the political violence of a divided Belfast. I sensed a calm atmosphere, indeed quite a friendly one as I took my family into the bar for a drink…. The walls are adorned with many of the hunger strikers who died in prison 35 years this August. One stained glass window caught my eye as I supped my Guinness. “Generation Of Vision” brings home the long battle that may always still be there!

DSCF7390If walls could talk… Felons mens loo

DSCF7398eNelson Mandela is an honorary member of the Felons and this mural was painted a few streets away on the peace wall in West Belfast

https://www.theguardian.com/theguardian/1999/aug/06/features11.g26

Snaps & comment by Mitch Hicks

Who painted Francis Bacon? No not Banksy!!

Posted in Artwork, arty farty, Banksy, Buildings, Head, London, observation, Off The Wall, Street Art with tags , , , , on May 15, 2016 by lkthayer

DSCF5064

DSCF5061e

Another by chance discovery… I was on my way to visit Christie’s auction house to see the upcoming sale of artwork by Stik.  I noticed this unlikely mural painted in posh Kensington by Jony Midnight from June 2015.  Not untill I got home from a busy day traveling around London exploring art in Kensington, Croydon, Forest Hill and Homerton did I find out that Francis Bacon lived in this expensive mews. I also noticed that the orignal mural did not have the figure of Francis Bacon featured at all… So who added the monochrome Francis Bacon….. Has Banksy been up to his old tricks?  

Snaps & comment by Mitch Hicks

Saatchi to Missing Banksy

Posted in Artwork, arty farty, Banksy, Buildings, Collage, London, observation, Off The Wall with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 17, 2016 by lkthayer

Below are snaps taken from a trip to the Saatchi Gallery on 15th February 2016. Such is the amazing amount of diverse talented female artists currently being featured under three banners in the gallery: Champagne Life ~ RevelationsXX: A Moment in Time.  I have also added a collage snap I made using the outside of the building opposite the French Embassy in knightsbridge.  Banksy recently used this building for his now missing artwork depicting his distaste for the treatment of tear gassing refugees camped around Calais. All traces of the Bansky artwork have now been removed and new hoardings plus a coat of cream paint has been added.  Rather than show you that, I have placed some of my own snaps taken during the London trip to include more artwork seen inside the Saatchi Gallery and one from Tooting.  http://www.saatchigallery.com/

DSCF2217c

Aidan

DSCF2211eAlice Anderson

DSCF2072Jelena Bulatic

DSCF2065b Jerusalem Donkey ~  Mia Feuer ~ Champagne Life ~ Julia Wachtel

DSCF2136bMimi S

DSCF2058cAnd yes there was once a Banksy here http://graffoto1.blogspot.co.uk/2016/01/banksy-is-miserables-over-calais-jungle.html

Snaps & comment by Mitch Hicks