Refuge Wear Intervention. London East End 1998
Refuge Wear Installation 1995
Whoever thinks that fashion is frivolous, and environmental design has to be boring should see the work of Lucy Orta (1966), a British fashion designer turned contemporary artist. Her works are something in between body and architecture, fashion and art, that perfectly draw upon urgent social and environmental concerns.
It is on the top of new Tate Modern that I visited on the opening week in Southbank Area of London which I surprisingly discovered this hidden palette of Tate’s beautiful brutalist skin. I took some film images, which resulted as a great colour blocking inspiration and geometric composition, perfect for Pinterest.
As we are not drone and never will be, seeing from the bird-eye viewpoint makes me feel more free and floating. The squares and lines of the industrial facades, encouraged by the right mix of colour, are strangely calming. Modernism dream in this Concretopia society.
Shot with my little tiny beast, Fuji Natura Classica. All rights reserved.
I have long been wanting to visit Barbican Conservatory , London’s hidden oasis in the heart of the city but never get to go as this beautiful landscape only open on Sunday. And finally last Sunday was perfect because my friends were visiting so we went there for a lazy afternoon walk. This conservatory is the second biggest in London and it is quite calming to see the Barbican Centre’s brutalist architecture inhibits such thousands species of tropical plants. Strolling inside this landscape can make you feel a bit sci-fi vibe, out of future where the city was already abandoned and the plants were left free. I saw many sketchers there, drawing botanicals and buildings on their pads. Some of them were coming alone, and some were from the meetup groups. Would love to come here to paint when the weather is nicer, meanwhile I am waiting forever for spring.
Surrounded Islands (Project for Biscayne Bay, Greater Miami, Florida)
Looking at these photos, how do you feel ? Are you smiling ? Feeling engaged more with mother nature, or just thinking ‘What’s the point of it?’ Well, these environmental artworks are realised before there is even a word environmentalism. Christo and Jeanne-Claude , collectively known as Christo, are mostly labelled as ‘wrapping artist’ from the media as they basically wrap the environment. However, if we dig deeper than that, their artworks often imply their love for earth, presenting nature and landscapes in an exciting, eye-catching new way of seeing.
The second part of my highlights on London Design Festival 2015 (see Part1 here) now moved on to the other venue like Designersblock at Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf on London’s South Bank , and around the V&A museum. Here are some of my favourites :