A colleague just shared a BBC magazine article entitled Code masters: Meet Britain’s new digital artists.

Right up my street, so had a look at Katie Molga’s work. One day I will be clever enough to do something like this!

The ideas she explores in the works Entropy and THE… are really interesting.

More reading here.





A great example of when things don’t go according to plan, but then something better happens as a result!

This is the story of the artist Janet Echelman, who arrived in India in the late 1990’s ready to embark on tour of the country giving painting exhibitions. However unfortunately for Janet, her all-important painting supplies that she had shipped ahead of time, never arrived.

As she wandered around the fishing village of Mahabalipuram, her attention was drawn to the quantity and variety of nets used by the local fishermen. From these observations came the idea to suspend and illuminate them, thus creating a new kind of sculpture.

Happy accident.

JanetEchelman2 Janet Echelman

Janet Echelman

1.26 at the Amsterdam Light Festival 2012

1.26 at the Amsterdam Light Festival 2012



Water slide on Park Street anyone?

50m slide in ashton court bristol

50m slide in ashton court bristol


Luke Jerram specialises in interactive installations, and has plans to install a giant water slide on Park Street this summer.

Sounds great to me.

I’m not sure if I would be brave enough to have a go; I always wince when I see skinny jeans-with-a-man-inside flying down the hill on their skateboard.

Jerram spent some time at the tail end of 2013 testing slides in Ashton Court estate, as in the photo above.

I am a real fan of Luke’s work; in particular his project “Play Me, I’m Yours” from 2009. He placed pianos around the city centre to encourage public participation.

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A new work by artist Jamie Gillman will be unveiled this evening in Bristol, by the mayor George Ferguson.

A joint initiative between the Bearpit Improvement Group and PRSC in bristol, the new 12 ft bear sculpture called URSA will reinforce the idea of the bear pit as an outdoor gallery.

Short video of the making of URSA

Beautiful video installation from Iceland – stunning.

Of particular interest is how he managed to get the video to penetrate through several layers of membrane/fabric…

He used multiple layers of white net fabric which not only captures the light that is projected onto it, but also allows it to pass through.

The structure is made of scaffolding arranged to look like a pixelated cloud

“The scaffold, once liberated from its functions as an element in the construction industry, is treated as an object of art in itself. “

The visuals were projected at 24,000 lumens from two light sources.

It took a sizeable team to make this happen, so I shall continue to dream!

Full credits here.




Thought this was worth a mention…the old Duke of Lancaster cruise ship, that has been dug into the Dee estuary in Flintshire (wales) since 1979, has been given a make-over by graffiti artists from around the world. The artists include a number from Bristol – yay!

The ‘funship’ reference was the name it held during the 80’s when it was used as a bar and flee-market, which you must admit undoubtedly was fun.

So I believe the overall plan is to turn this into an open-air gallery, so the works can change and evolve. My frame of reference is the open-air gallery-esk space we now have on Nelson St in Bristol – and it’s great to see a similar thing going on but with the contrasting backdrop and context of the rugged Welsh coast. Rural-urban-art if you will!

My favourite is the skeleton with his head housed in a bird cage

Skeleton in bird cage


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