Taking a break from some late December shopping in Liverpool One I took a quick trip into the city’s Bluecoat Chambers. One of the great things about the Bluecoat is the gardens and courtyard area. It also has an art gallery and today the exhibits had spilled over into the gardens.
The garden had been filled with a range of perspex flowers and assorted objects that brought some much needed colour on a grey December afternoon.
Surprising how playful and creative perspex can be when you see it used like this.
Here’s one more for luck …
Hope this has brought some midwinter cheer. Happy New Year 2013 everyone!
Grafton Street in Liverpool 8 – a stone’s throw from Liverpool One and the city centre – a showcase for a couple of large scale pieces of graffiti. The first featuring a teasing panel entitled Infamous Last Words. Nicely ironic use of the 20th Century Fox logo.
Plenty of interesting detail to feast the eye on, including this carefully rendered ventilation cover.
The bigger picture doesn’t disappoint either.
A few hundred yards away on the opposite side of Grafton Street was some graffiti featuring the signature penguin – in fact, a posse of penguins each with a different expression in their eyes.
Fabulous hooded lids.
Or a more lugubrious look.
And finally, coy and bashful.
I think I mentioned this was only a mile or so away from the city centre and here was a nod to the city’s skyline. You’d have thought that was enough penguins for one day, but driving home up towards Park Road in Liverpool 8, another penguin was standing proud on the side of a pub called The Globe – this time dressed as an astronaut.
A mischievous wit and artistic talent is clearly at work and it’s worth taking a look at the full panel.
Vibrant colours that are cheerfully defying this greyest of English summers.
Spotted high up on the windows of one of the large stores in Liverpool One – the city’s main shopping area – this image struck me as being quite chic and reminiscent of the late Audrey Hepburn. Or was it Marilyn Monroe?
A few weeks ago, preparing for my first visit to China, I was shopping in Liverpool One. Excited to be heading off on such an adventure, but feeling a little sad that I was going to be missing out on the build-up to Christmas at home. But I needn’t have worried. Santa’s made a big impression all over China it seems, from Beijing, through Tianjin, and all the way down to Shanghai. I’ll be writing a lot more soon about the trip and including plenty of photographs, but for now, here’s a shop assistant in Beijing showing that the Chinese are really getting the Christmas spirit.