Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Serpentine Pavilion 2012

You may remember earlier this year we mentioned the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012, designed by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei.

According to their website the 2012 Pavilion will be beneath the Serpentine's lawn, where visitors will be able to see the archaeological remains of previous Pavilions.

Entrance to the 2012 Serpentine Pavilion, 27th May 2012
There will also be a floating platform roof, and the Pavilion's interior "will be clad in cork, a sustainable building material chosen for its unique qualities and to echo the excavated earth".

I am looking forward to it. I actually checked it out on 27th May. It looks like they will be very busy until  1st June!

Saturday, 19 May 2012

Perspex and graffiti in North London

This image was posted online by UK Street Art  on 14th May.
Earlier in the week some friends and I went to check a piece of un-commisioned street art near Turnpike Lane, in London. According to UK Street Art this is a piece by Banksy.

As you can see in the image, the piece makes a very strong commentary on child labour and the 'jubilee' fever.

Uncommisioned street art near Turnpike Lane, London
(Image by R. Peters)

Our trip became much more interesting than we expected though. When we got there we were quite surprised to see that someone decided to 'protect' the work with a layer of acrylic.

Interestingly, the business card  of the glazing company was also visible! 

Monday, 14 May 2012

Renewal of a Māori Waka at the National Museums Scotland

Detail of the Waka after conservation (image from JCMS)
Don't miss the latest JCMS article, a very interesting discussion on the conservation of a  Māori Waka at the National Museums Scotland (NMS).

The Waka was away from public view for many years due to its incompleteness and poor condition. 


Conservator Charles Stable worked in collaboration with George Nuku, a Māori carver. As you will see, their interventions are quite innovative as Nuku used a variety of materials to carve the missing parts of the Waka.  Besides all the 'material aspects' of the treatment, the paper describes the relationships that developed between artist, curator and conservator involved in the process. Really interesting!

Do take a look at the article and let us know what you think!

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