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Wednesday, 30 November 2011
Thirty Pieces of Silver

30 Pieces of Silver at St Marys, York

This is the title of an installation by Cornelia Parker comprising of:

over a thousand silver objects, including plates, spoons, candlesticks, trophies, cigarette cases, teapots and trombones, which Cornelia Parker collected and then flattened with a steamroller.

The squashed objects are arranged into thirty disc-shaped groups and suspended from the ceiling by fine wires, about a foot off the ground so that they seem to hover.

I’m sorry we missed this - it closed on 30 October 2011.

Posted by bigblue on 30/11/2011 at 05:38 PM
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Sunday, 27 November 2011
Christmas lights

It is November after all….

Posted by bigblue on 27/11/2011 at 08:26 PM
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Friday, 25 November 2011
Strange toys

Let me get this straight: the Teddy Bear shop in York is selling a “hunter” bear, which is carrying a dead baby seal? Who is their target market actually?

Posted by bigblue on 25/11/2011 at 04:44 PM
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Monday, 21 November 2011
Stencil graffiti in Oxford

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I wonder what it represents… possibly a minotaur?

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Friday, 18 November 2011
The Shard

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Fink’s recent post reminded me that I had taken this photograph of the Shard at London Bridge earlier this month.  The Shard:

is a skyscraper under construction in Southwark, London. When completed in May 2012, it will be the tallest building in the European Union and the 45th-tallest building in the world, standing 310 m (1,017 ft) tall. It will also be the second-tallest free-standing structure in the United Kingdom, after the 330 m (1,083 ft) Emley Moor transmitting station.
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The Shard was announced with the hope that it would be the tallest building in Europe, surpassing Frankfurt’s Commerzbank Tower, which at 259 m (850 ft) had held the record since 1997. The Commerzbank has since been surpassed in height by three Moscow skyscrapers, Triumph-Palace, Naberezhnaya Tower, and The City of Capitals, all of which will in turn be surpassed by the Shard tower. However, in 2005, construction started on a skyscraper in Moscow that will rise higher than the Shard, the Mercury City Tower.

Mmm, at the 2012 Olympics I can picture the Buffoon of London, Boris Johnson, telling the Mayor of Moscow, Sergei Sobyanin that his tower is the tallest.

Posted by bigblue on 18/11/2011 at 05:07 PM
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Sunday, 13 November 2011
Autumn on the Worth cycleway

Between East Grinstead and Three Bridges.

Posted by bigblue on 13/11/2011 at 08:35 PM
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Saturday, 12 November 2011
Shapes I like

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On a church building, that I photographed last night.

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Friday, 11 November 2011
Anthem for Doomed Youth

What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?
Only the monstrous anger of the guns.
Only the stuttering rifles’ rapid rattle
Can patter out their hasty orisons.
No mockeries now for them; no prayers nor bells,
Nor any voice of mourning save the choirs, -
The shrill, demented choirs of wailing shells;
And bugles calling for them from sad shires.
What candles may be held to speed them all?
Not in the hands of boys, but in their eyes
Shall shine the holy glimmers of goodbyes.
The pallor of girls’ brows shall be their pall;
Their flowers the tenderness of patient minds,
And each slow dusk a drawing down of blinds.

~ Anthem for Doomed Youth, by Wilfred Owen (18 March 1893 – 4 November 1918)

Posted by bigblue on 11/11/2011 at 02:06 PM
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