Friday, 6 July 2012

quirky London

Just a few extras spottings that didn't quite fit in to my last few posts from our brilliant trips to London the last two weekends

The grand entrance to Kensington Gardens

Inside the Royal Festival Hall overlooking the river

On City Road - see this great link

Old Tate and Lyle Factory at Silvertown - loved the syrup tin

and again

On the back of the Hayward Gallery

Have no idea what it is

but will find out before I get to the end of this blog
More about the old Tate and Lyle factory at Silvertown here too and the history of Henry Tate, Lancashire lad made good - really interesting.

In goolging for the above info for the Alexandra Trust Dining Rooms (read it, it's fastinating) I discovered the brilliant Secret London website full of the strange and wonderful in London - definately be the starting point for more London adventures.

But I did promise to find out who these two were on the Hayward and this is the answer . . . it's part of the Southbank Festival of the World entitled:

"Everything is beautiful when you don't look down"
"Two large figures scale Hayward Gallery. One seems to be helping the other, but who is helping whom?
The London-based arts collective Robots>>>>, who build large sculptures from recycled and reclaimed materials, have made these figures predominantly from wood and steel used at Southbank Centre’s 2011 Festival of Britain. 
Everything Is Beautiful When You Don’t Look Down was made with help from children at the Oasis Children’s Venture, a safe play space for young people in the London Borough of Lambeth.
Who knows what the robots will do when they reach their destination?"
So there you have it - amazing - and I did only spot them 'cos I glanced up in the dark the night before on the way back to Waterloo Underground (cue for one of my favourite songs) and they were quite scary!!

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