Monday, 28 July 2014

'iron tree' (detail) by Ai Weiwei currently installed in the Yorkshire Sculpture Park

the tree outside the chapel

inside the chapel are 45 chairs which have been set out in the nave in nine rows of five, set at a precise separation specified by Ai Weiwei. on the first Sunday of every month, there are readings of his father's poems. it sounds simple, but the effect is powerful: many of the chairs are museum pieces, but people are welcomed to sit on them and the spacing means that they are companionable but isolated.

ai weiwei fairytale 1001 chairs yorkshire sculpture park chapel

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

where there's muck there's rust

i have just returned from a week in north Yorkshire staying at a Landmark Trust property called the pigsty (see below) so here begins a week of Yorkshire rust photographs – the first one is in Robin Hood’s Bay
once really a sty, Squire Barry of Fyling Hall is said to have been inspired by the classical architecture he had seen in the Mediterranean during his travels in the 1880s when building this home for his pigs. With a view over hills towards Robin Hood's Bay from under the Classical pediment it is a wonderful place for a holiday
If you are interested in reading more about the pigsty see:

Saturday, 5 July 2014

like the man said – rust never sleeps

after a whole year of rust photographs I find it difficult to see rust and not photograph it! so here are some recent pictures that hopefully not only fulfil the original purpose of this blog but also this year’s theme of abstract, surfaces and textures
the first one is a conundrum in Cornwall