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Just the other day I was saying …

23 Sep
… what Trinity Square needed to make it complete after the installation of its very expensive reflective puddles was a dozen or so steel cylinders, make them about twelve foot tall, perforated and accessible so you can look up at the sky; oh and lit up at night. You see someone was listening …
This well ventilated installation (described as “thought provoking” but what the provoked thoughts might be I leave to your imagination) is the latest in the seemingly never ending Year of Cultural Largesse. It does have one good thing going for it: It’ll be gone by next year.
The Weekend in Black and White is here.
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Cormorant Boat

22 Sep

It shows how much notice I take of my surroundings when I discover that this sculpture, Cormorant Boat by Kate Siddle, recently unveiled on Nelson Street had actually stood for nigh on thirty years  by the Marina. Couldn’t have made much of an impression because I don’t remember it at all … anyhow at some point in 2008 it was removed and disappeared for a few years. Where was it? Well you can find out where Hull keeps its works of art in this link.

Ceci n’est pas une râpe au fromage

16 Aug

So as promised the thing that Hull Council bought but couldn’t find a place to put has been plonked in Queen’s Gardens where is sticks out like a proverbial sore thumb. I was wrong, I now admit, to say this looks like a cheese grater, it’s not as useful as that. No it puts me in mind of childish origami using a crumpled doily. I look forward to seeing selfies from atop the structure and how quickly it turns a sooty black and green with mould. I believe that when finished it is supposed to do tricks with sunlight and other whimsical things, can’t wait. No really …

The Lumpy Bumps

12 Jan

You know how it is; finishing off a make over and deciding that a little extra decorative piece would just round off the tout ensemble. So it came to pass that Hull acquired this artfully crafted installation down by the Marina. What is it, do I hear you ask? Hmm, you and the rest of the world …

Tree Doodle

18 Dec

Over in Pearson Park a chestnut tree about to be felled due to being rotten has been transformed into this interesting oddity; a three headed being each head having a crown and an outstretched arm holding an ice-cream. There’s not a lot to say about it really. I like it.
There’s another dead tree close by if anyone fancies having a go.

Pleased as Punch

28 Sep

Here’s a detail from the ornate exterior of the Punch Hotel on Queen Victoria Square. As the lord of misrule this figure has no doubt been observing the ongoing utter chaos of  the renovation of the town centre with some glee. That’s the way to do it!

A whisper of moths

7 Jul

These decorative blobs that have alighted all over town and elsewhere are supposed to be moths. Yeah, I know, you’d never have guessed. Anyhow it’s from the same deep pool of idiocy that brought us fibre glass toads to celebrate the death of Philip Larkin; this time the death being celebrated is Amy Johnson’s untimely demise in WW2 seventy-five years ago. Nearly sixty of these damn things have been dotted around the place. I’ve spotted about half a dozen so far and I can assure you I’m not going hunting for the rest. Why moths do I hear you ask? (are you still there?) Well she flew a Gypsy Moth plane, geddit? I know; stooopid. If you’re remotely interested in fibre glass lepidoptery there’s a gallery of mothy stuff here.