Posts Tagged ‘street art’
A stroll on Nantes island is like entering another dimension entirely. Such a mix of fascinating architecture – sometimes modern, sometimes surreal, some other times inherited from an industrial past. And yet, there is so much space, the sky always so present, almost no traffic, such a sense of peacefulness, wild flowers. Even street art blooms on the wall. You will meet the colourful cat of La Fabrique and the giant elephant walking around, splashing passers-by, machine of wood and metal. You can dream on the carrousel des mondes marins, fantastic fishes and flying shells inspired by Nemo… or throw a few balls around the basketball tree. Further on, Buren’s rings are framing the clouds. There a few cafés at the Hangar à Bananes, you could enjoy a Flower Power beer, infused with petals and just sigh in happiness…
Artistic laboratory – so perfectly named. Here are simmering a thousand culturel projects, concerts, exhibitions, ideas of all sorts. The architecture is fascinating indeed, metallic lace, ribbons of red plastic, a glaxy of folding and unfolding triangles, like a cocoon about to open up. Here, a truck has been encapsulated, there a giant cat crosses a concrete wall, further on, an urban garden playing on recycling. Extraordinarily inspiring.
62 Boulevard de la Prairie au Duc
The first visit to Brighton usually is for the seaside - waves, pier, fisn’n'chips on the beach… It is only later you will fall in love with the North Laines, those narrow streets vibramt with life, colours, independant boutiques, cafés, vintage finds, design treasures. Keep your eyes open for the fantastic murals in that neighnourhood!
You have seen them in the most beautidul cities, those love locks. Paris, Millenium bridge… Initial, a message, symbol of endless love. Did you know a fence is dedicated to them too close to Shoreditch Station? Go on - add yours. if not for the romance, just say it is your contribution to street art!
Music Maestro! Liverpool street station gets all musical Thursday evening, the pianos are back on the streets and Friday evening at the V&A, jazz gets a lovely nigerian twist. Lovely free events to get your groove back… Scroll down to find more London week-ends ideas.
That’s art baby:
* Get a dose of Warhol at the Dulwich Picture Gallery.
* The old BBC offices in Marylebone become a secret garden and a pop-up theatre for the summer. Why not give it a try?
* For a little magic, go and see this art installation made entirely of kites.
* His names is Bond. James has his show at the Barbican.
Yummy time ahead:
* A new street food van, Speck Mobile, offers Austrian treats on the go.
* Fancy foraging but do not know where to start? Try this very clever bike tour.
Out of the ordinary:
* On Thursday evening, The Shard will illuminate the London sky with a laser web.
* The Old Vic Tunnels blooms into a fascinating underground garden.
* Fan of the Future and Secret cinema? Well, welcome the new addition to their family, secret screenings in secret locations.
* Make a detour to enjoy the Streatham Festival. Music, drama, theatre, fire themed dancing, comedy, creative workshops and even Ninja Knitters!
* H&M opens a sport pop-up shop at St Martin’s Courtyard. Time to get that credit card smoking.
* It is quite a party this week-end at Kensington Palace with lots of music and dances.
* Gentlemen too have their olympiad. Includes tweed, moustaches and hats.
A book to devour, just in case rain would decide to stay a little longer. No story but a collection of tips and anecdotes by Lucia Van der Post, one of England’s most elegant women. It reads like a conversation, offering the experience of a whole life on fashion, beauty, how to pack a case or amaze your guest with a wonderful dinner, even how to juggle work and family. Nothing complex, just pure good sense – things you can’t seee for yourself, sometimes because tou are so busy trying to keep everything together. This will save you so much time, take you to a different twist of your routine, give you a different angle. Oh and there are plenty of fab addresses in there too. Fancy more ideas for your week-end in London? Scroll down!
That’s art, baby!
* Thursday, enjoy opera on Trafalgar Square.
* Quick! Only a few days left to enjoy Babel, the immersive theater experience!
* See the Queen (well, in painting) at the National Portrait Gallery.
* Have a look at the splendid designs and cartography at the London Transport Museum. Mind the map!
* Dream of beautiful ballgowns at the V&A.
* Beautiful pictures of the past at the British Postal Museum.
Yummy time ahead:
* Brunch at Salvation Jane for their Maple french toast w crisp bacon, grilled bananas and candied pecans… their corn fritters stacked w crispy bacon, fresh rocket, slow roast tomatoes, chilli jam and crème fraiche… their toasted banana bread w honey ricotta… and so much more!
* Try The wild food kitchen – a supper club using a forager. Brilliant!
* Taste/test The Bowler, a new street food van getting more successful by the day. Their hit? Fabulous meatballs (with even a Swedish and a Thai twist).
Take the little ones along:
* Get to know everything about the stars with free workshops at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich.
Out of the ordinary:
* Beyond Retro celebrate their 10th birthday with burlesque (Thursday) and Hollywood 193oies style (Friday).
* Discover Stik’s latest pieces… guided by the artist himself.
* Marvel at a floating garden.
* Sport fan? Indulge in a 3 in 1 option: London + guided tour + jogging.
* Oh! A garden party, with a liberty garden shed, music, giant floral decorations (Sunday)…