I hope you’re all well and have had a restful weekend. This week brought some quite astounding news to my attention. You may have heard that Hull has its very own Banksy mural. I can’t believe it!! I have been away this weekend so had to patiently wait until this evening to see it.
It didn’t disappoint. I was absolutely blown away by it. It’s so unexpected, so unique. I’m honoured to have seen it. I’ve never experienced anything like this in my life. It felt like a time stopping moment. The more I looked, the more I saw; the more it meant.
As well as the art, I love the mystery that surrounds Banksy. I think that’s quite special. I’m happy to not know who he is. I like that veil to his character. That way, the art speaks for itself.
To some this may just be more graffiti. However, it’s brought many people out to see it. Who knew a disused bridge could be so popular?! I hope it’s preserved and cherished forever. Yet, the barriers haven’t been a welcomed asset.
Another unique element brought to the City of Culture, and I’ve seen it! I can’t quite believe it. Head down there and see it. You won’t be disappointed. It’s quite a feeling to have something so amazing on your doorstep.
It appears that whilst I was writing this, the mural has been destroyed.Absolutely devastated. Thank goodness I, and so many others, got to see it before this happened.
Update!! It appears that work has been done to rescue it. Thank goodness!! It’s just so amazing. We need to preserve it forever. We are lucky Banksy chose Hull after all.
Big love xx
Happy April! Hope you’re all doing good. I’m exhausted but still going. We’ve broken up for Easter and the sun is shining so I finally found time to visit the Weeping Window moving art installation.
You may recognise it from the Tower of London in 2014 as part of the First World War remembrance commemorations. Sadly, I didn’t get there to see it which is why I’m very excited we have it in Hull for a few months.
10,000 poppies are currently draped over the Maritime Museum. It’s incredible and very moving I have to say. I looked kind of silly just standing there, amongst the crowd, taking all of it in. Until I noticed everyone else doing the same.
The poppies are going on tour! It’s definitely worth while you going to see them. Info here.
Enjoy the sunshine people!
Big love xx
Happy Sunday! Two posts in two days! I am on it! Today’s post is another City of Culture post. Today marks the end of the iconic blade in Queen Victoria Square as it is being moved back to where it was made: the Siemens plant in Alexandra Dock.
Photos below taken 3rd February 2017.
It’s quite an overwhelming piece of architecture really. It’s massive! A whopping 75 metres in fact. As strange as this sounds, it’s incredibly smooth as well!
The blade is the work of Nayan Kulkarni. He took a rotor blade, that would normally be used to be a part of a wind turbine, to create the artwork. It is there to represent the work in Hull on engineering and manufacturing. Whilst it had mixed reviews from those outside of Hull, for us it’s become a massive talking point. In a way, I can’t imagine the square without it.
So today I popped back to say ‘bye’ and to marvel in it’s wonder for the last time. Apologies for the bedraggled selfie – it was raining and I’ve not been very well!
That’s it! Bye bye big blade! What’s next Hull?
Big love x