Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Bermondsey bomb

A Second World War bomb, measuring 1.5 metres (5ft) with a tail fin, has been uncovered by workmen in Bermondsey. The following quote is from today’s Guardian.

"The bomb was found on the old site of the Southwark Irish Pensioners Centre. Southwark ward councillor Lucas Green tweeted: “Seems our OAPs are hard as nails, drinking tea on top of a 1,000lb bomb for 70 years.”

Saturday, 21 March 2015

The Fourth Plinth - Gift Horse by Hans Haacke

The new art work on the fourth plinth is a skeletal horse by Hans Haacke. It’s intended to make a sardonic reference to the equestrian statue of William IV, by Sir Francis Chantrey, that sits on top of the north eastern plinth.  The statues act as a nice set of bookends either side of the square.

The work includes an electronic ribbon displaying stock market data to depict the link between power, money and history. Personally I would prefer a statue to the men and women that have protested and held rallies in the square over many years.  Could be that a permanent reminder of the poll tax riots would be too much for Boris Johnson to stomach?

Saturday, 14 March 2015

The Festival Hall

Choristers waiting to perform watch kid’s break dance in the foyer of the Festival Hall. The peoples palace, fit for purpose as always.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Whitechapel Gallery

Curator's Introduction to Adventures of the Black Square: Abstract Art and Society 1915-2015