"If you were to find yourself in Marylebone over the coming weeks, keep an eye out for the birds. Not the pigeons hobbling aimlessly outside the chi-chi cafes on the high street, but the serene, lifeless chicks that hang suspended from miniature balloons within their own bell jars in a window on Hinde St.
The window invites visitors and passers-by to Other Criteria, the art and publishing venture set up by Damien Hirst, Hugh Allan and Frank Dunphy, while the curious feathered subjects feature in Still Birth, the latest series of works by London-based artist Polly Morgan."
There is just something so painfully beautiful about these pieces.
They are shocking and heartbreaking and wonderful, all at the same time.
"Following the London Festival of Architecture and lasting through the autumn, the site of 100 Union Street in SE1 has been transformed into an urban orchard and community garden.
Designed by Heather Ring of the Wayward Plant Registry for The Architecture Foundation and built with the help ofBankside Open Spaces Trust and an array of other helpful volunteers the garden will regenerate a disused site in Bankside and create a place for exchange between local residents and visitors to the Festival.
There will be a series of workshops and activities taking place in the Orchard over the next couple of months so please check out events calendar.
The Urban Orchard is also home to the LivingARK, a zero-carbon pod which is inhabited during the period of the project to showcase sustainable ways of living. The site also hosts The Nest, a pavilion created by the Finnish Institute, the Identikit by Thomas Kendal and Tamsin Hanke and a skip turned table tennis table created by Oliver Bishop-Young.
In September the garden will be dismantled and all the trees will be given to local estates and other community gardens to remain as a lasting legacy of the 2010 London Festival of Architecture.
Tis a little beautiful haven
thank you to people like this who improve all of our lives
Pure Harte arrived in on Friday eve and finishing touches were added and ironed and pinned and sewn.
Sandwiches were made.
Despite it being a SCORCHER of a day outside and not much cooler inside, there was a tres long queue of eager shoppers right around the corner! And as the doors burst open there was was quite the flurry of pretty faces and handbags!
As the day rolled on it certainly wasn't as busy as Christmas,
but what with the sun splitting the trees outside,
it really was no surprise.
This being only our second market we knew we still had a lot to learn. But everyone was so lovely and friendly. The BUST team sure do generate a great, fun atmosphere.
We even made a few friends!
The quite dashing Dan Hillier stopped for a couple of chats and even bought us some ice pops as a cool-down-treat!
"These forgotten images and discarded memories re-write a gorgeously dark period of history, one full of elephant men and taxidermy, death and medicine. The resulting pieces are like postcards coming from Beardsley from a Victorian mansion - if the mansion was populated by circus freaks and Werner Herzog."
Dazed and Confused Magazine
Exactly what I was thinking.
I have found it difficult selecting images for this post, simply because every single work of art makes my insides crumble, rejoice dance and cry all at the same time.
That's what a bit of beauty will do to me.
They are the things of the most amazing dreams and nightmares rolled into one.
Mr Hillier, it says you doff your hat at us, well, I doff my hat right back at ya.