Wednesday 28 October 2009

London sights

Tall Tree and the Eye by Anish KapoorNot all visits work out as well as expected - my trip to the cartoon gallery would have been more successful if I'd checked and realised that it doesn't open on Monday - but that doesn't mean a wasted day.

Strolling around London, in the grounds of Burlington House is the amazing sculpture "The Tall Tree and the Eye" by Anish Kapoor. At a guess, it's over 80 feet tall and absolutely amazing.

The mirror finish on the spheres reflects the view of the courtyard from many slightly different vantage points. Unsurprisingly, it was surrounded by photographers all shooting their reflections. Even those who don't like modern art will appreciate this - I wish it could go on a tour as I'd love to see it appearing in other cities. Victoria Square in Birmingham would be a good start - watching the fountain in reflection would be a treat.

It's not just art that caught my eye though. Wandering down to the International Magic shop I happened upon Holborn Bars which is just the most stunning brick built building. Now home to the Prudential and RBS, it stands on the site of the building that was lived in by Charles Dickens.

The place was built in an age was labour was cheap and civic buildings were erected with pride and intended to stand for many, many years to come.
Brick arch in Holborn Bars