25th April 2013
Dutch conceptual artist Florentijn Hofman‘s Rubber Duck is going to be in Hong Kong!
The 16.5-meter-high inflatable piece will travel to over 10 countries and 12 cities, including Osaka, Sydney, Sao Paulo and Amsterdam.
“Rubber Duck knows no frontiers; it doesn’t discriminate and doesn’t have a political connotation,” Hofman has said.
19th March 2013
I found some Michael Elion crystals making rainbows all over the street this morning.
Thank you world for giving us amazing artists to help make life more beautiful!
11th October 2012
These cheeky London Underground stickers have been appearing for a while, but it looks like they’re only just beginning to create a stir with the BBC reporting on them yesterday.
Do you think these stickers qualify as graffiti or are fun little distractions to brighten your day? I think they’re awesome and will totally be on the lookout next time we’re back!
Want more? Check out The Poke.
25th July 2012
Another great piece by Banksy in the lead up to the Olympics.
Also make sure to check out the Very Nearly Almost blog for more awesome Olympic inspired graffiti.
21st June 2012
In keeping with the Spanish Surrealism theme this afternoon, I thought I’d share this piece by Spanish muralist and artist Remed.
Check out more of his awesome work here.
13th June 2012
I thought this rather large, rather yellow rabbit by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman was the perfect way to celebrate the sunshine in London today.
7th June 2012
Leaving sunny Cape Town for London last weekend was difficult, but despite the rain (and gale force winds) there’s something about London itself that makes the weather (almost) bearable.
Don’t get me wrong – I’m not feeling inclined to move back anytime soon, but every time we come I have a lot of fun.
Here’s a little round up of what’s been going down in London town:
It’s the Diamond Jubilee and British patriotism is in full swing – there are flags everywhere. I’ve snapped a million photos of houses decorated with Union Jack flags, kids faces painted in red, white and blue, shop windows flying the colours and products everywhere (from couch covers at Ikea to gym clothes at Sweaty Betty) covered in the Union Jack.
My favourites so far are the Limited Edition Union Jack tea-towels I picked up from Ikea yesterday (look out for an Ikea post coming soon…) and the Union Jack Dr Martins I’ve seen people wearing – oh, and of course THE most adorable little Harry Street ♥ in his Union Jack jumper. Eek!
She’s an icon and she’s everywhere. I love her hats and I think she’s kind of cute – especially when she smiles. This piece by British art collective Prefab77 popped up in Dublin recently and although it’s intended as a bit of monarchy mockery, it’s still rather cool. Let it Reign, a collection of Elizabeth II screenprints is Prefab77′s Limited Edition Jubilee offering.
Gracing the cover of July Elle is *drumroll please* Mr David Beckham. It’s the first time in British Elle’s 27 year history a man has been on the cover – and actually, they gave him 3. Need I say more?
The Photographers Gallery
We went to check out the newly opened Photographers’ Gallery on Monday. I wasn’t that impressed by the layout of the new site, but the images on show were great, as always. Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky’s exhibition Burtynsky: Oil is on until the 1st July.
I don’t like the tube much, especially at 8:30 in the morning during rush hour. What is kind of cool though, is that the Central Line is now on Twitter. Keep track of updates and delays on the track @centralline – clever.
My Bookhou Bag (for you Sherm)
I wrote about my new bag that was waiting for me a couple of weeks ago. I finally got it yesterday and it’s everything I could have possibly asked for – and more, more, more! Hooray! Thank you bub and thank you Bookhou - I will be shopping with you again!
21st May 2012
Here’s a little ray of sunshine on a Monday morning.
London based guerrilla gardener Steve Wheen creates teeny tiny gardens inside potholes and cracks found in various cities. Love them. If I found one of these walking along the street it would make my day!
24th April 2012
…and while we’re on the theme of street art…
I thought I’d share with you some shots I took last month at Smithfields in London of some work by EVOL.
A Berlin based street artist, EVOL transforms electricity boxes, concrete blocks and boxes into miniature tower blocks and estates. I nearly walked right past these little buildings, but after I’d done a double take and went back I found a whole area of construction blocks metamorphosed into a Peckham Estate.
24th April 2012
Of course. Giant Peg by Turkish artist and sculptor Mehmet Ali Uysal, exhibited in Chaudfontaine Park in Belgium.
21st March 2012
Hidden around London are 200 giant eggs for The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt.
Although I haven’t found it yet, my favourite is Metropolis by British husband and wife designer-duo Rob and Nick Carter with a current bid of £2200. There’s a mad mix of artists, graphic designers, architects, fashion designers, jewellers and sculptors who have made eggs including Mr Brainwash, Tommy Hilfiger, Mulberry, Zaha Hadid and Hannah Martin.
16th March 2012
My lucky number 3. I’m also hearing the message after a week in London-town.
“The “Sedation Of Millions” print is inspired by the title of my favorite Public Enemy album “It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back”. I think the biggest problem in America is the indifference and complacency about important issues that results from much of the population being perpetually hypnotized by conspicuous consumption, social media, entertainment, and self-medication. Using sedation and escapism for relief from the rat race might make us less aware (blissfully ignorant) but also less empowered to improve our role within the rat race… a vicious cycle of cause and effect.” - Shepard Fairey
15th December 2011
Every now and then I get an email through from Shepard Fairey with a new print. I thought today’s Lotus screenprint was pretty cool.
18 x 24″ Screen print, Signed and Numbered edition of 400. $45.
Get yours here while you can.
4th November 2011
Wow. I think I might be speechless.
Here is some seriously awesome distraction for a Friday afternoon.
11th August 2011
Thank goodness it looks like things are finally getting sorted in England.
This is one of my favourite stencils by Banksy – how appropriate.
4th May 2011
These guys are super cool…5 Spanish artists that make up the awesome collective Boa Mistura (“a good mixture” in English) and in March they were busy decorating the crumbling streets of Cape Town.
Developing their styles in different backgrounds and combined with the influence and perspective of each member means this celebration of colour and life is brightening up the streets and making life a little bit more fun and a lot more colorful. Horray!
‘Discover The Diamond Inside You’ is on one of the back streets in Woodstock. Stay tuned for ‘We All Have Roots’.
“5 heads, 10 hands, just one heart.”
10th March 2011
I took these shots in Melbourne at the end of 2009. It was the first time I’d been back in over 15 years and I went a little crazy taking a million photos of all the incredible street art in the city.
Almost every alleyway, street lamp and doorway has been given a bit of creative love which I find amazing. Inspiration everyday, right on your doorstep.
PS – We watched Exit Through The Gift Shop the other weekend which rocked. If you haven’t seen it yet make sure you do. It’s the perfect documentary.