Wednesday, November 25, 2015

ABC Wednesday: T is for Tapping Hand

Tapping Hand is an Automaton created in 2006 by Welsh artist Shani Rhys James.

As part of the LLAWN03 Arts Festival in September it was placed within the dramatic setting of the shuttered concrete tube in MOSTYN Art Gallery. The tapping mechanical action of the automaton resonated within the space and with the other works on display as part of the Women Art Society II exhibition.

At the launch of LLAWN03, the Spanish dance duo Guillermo Weickert and Maria Cabeza de Vaca created an improvised dance response which explored the connections between the stark architecture and the sharp, haunting repetitive actions of the solitary automaton.

More of my photos from LLAWN03 can be found on Geograph.

A contribution to ABC Wednesday.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

ABC Wednesday: R is for
Road Train at Rest And Be Thankful

From Llandudno there is a Road Train you can catch that will take you on a tour of the Marine Drive a road that goes around the side of the promontory known as the Great Orme. At the top it breaks the journey with a 15-20 minutes stop at "Rest and be thankful" where there is a small café.

The view looking west ranges towards the island of Anglesey with the smaller Puffin Island visible just off shore.

Looking slightly east of north the view shows the top of a former lighthouse that has since been converted into a guesthouse.

Looking east rain can be seen coming over the wind turbines in Liverpool Bay whilst on the right is the Little Orme.

This shows the rear of the Rest and be Thankful where most people from the road train and the red car in the car park are partaking of some refreshments.

And finally a look at the road and two riders tackling the climb on their cycles.

A contribution to ABC Wednesday
and Wednesday Waters.

Saturday, November 07, 2015

The Carved Angel

(Click on image to see it large size)

The carved angel depicts more than 100 scenes and miracles from the life of Christ. It was carved over five years in the 1970s by Handel Edwards (1924-2011) of Skewen, South Wales. It has been in Holy Trinity church, Llandudno since the 1980s.

For a wider view of the setting see Geograph.

A contribution to The Weekend in Black and White and Inspired Sundays.

Friday, October 30, 2015

The Vale Cottage

The sign for the Vale Cottage hangs on the Kirk Street side of the public house on Croft Bank in Gorton. Although very close to the urbanised area of Gorton, Manchester, the public house appears to occupy a rural setting. It has recently re-opened under new management.

A wider coloured view can be seen on Geograph.

A contribution to
signs, signs;
Skywatch Friday;
Weekend Reflections;
The Weekend in Black and White;
Shadow Shot Sunday.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Happy Valley Mosaic Mural, Llandudno

On the side of the toilet block in Happy Valley, Llandudno is a three-part mosaic.

(Left part: click on image to view larger version)

It was designed by artist Beverly Belshaw and created by students from Ysgol y Gogarth.

(Middle part: click on image to view larger version)

It was funded in 2011 by Conwy County Borough Council through Tidy Towns.

(Right part: click on image to view larger version)

A contribution to Monday Murals and Blue Monday.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Eloquent Brain by Lisa Carter at Tedder House

This shows part of the art installation "Eloquent Brain", by artist Lisa Carter. It was one of several creations by the artists in the Haus of Helfa for the recent arts weekend in Llandudno - LLAWN03.

Remy Dean on his Haus of Helfa Journal wrote:
"This year Lisa, has developed another idea from her war-related research findings. Again, she has occupied and truly responded to the space, utilising the actual spaces and gaps. White envelopes are placed in a grid pattern, wedged upright using the gaps between the floorboards. Other wooden wedges compress stacks of envelopes along one side of the floor area. The envelopes are arranged so that when the sun slants in through the window, they cast shadows and also reveal their back-lit translucency – they are empty. Envelopes immediately indicate correspondence and their emptiness raises questions. So the emptiness becomes poignant. Are these envelopes representing letters that were never written, or thoughts that could not be put into words?"
10,500 enevlopes were used to create the installation.

Lisa Carter was on hand at the festival and she told me much about Tedder House and how various aspects of the life and work of Lord Tedder had influenced her. I took this photograph through the window. Part of the installation is reflected in the window. More information about the work can be found on Lisa Carter's website.

From 1963 until 2004 26, Augusta Street on the corner of Trinity Street housed the Royal Airforce Association's; Llandudno branch. Previously the building which dates from 1894 had been the "Grangemore Hotel" run by Mrs G Harrison and was formerly the "Raven Boarding Accommodation".

It was renamed Tedder House after Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Tedder (1890-1967). Lord Tedder served under Eisenhower as the Deputy Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force. Working closely with RAF Bomber Command and the US Strategic Air Forces in Europe, Lord Tedder was influential in shaping 1944 -1945 bombing campaigns in which he applied his strategy – nicknamed the "Tedder Carpet"- of supporting land forces using concentrated carpet bombing over specified areas of 1000 yards by 300 yards.

In 2007 planning permission was granted to turn it into two maisonettes and two flats but the conversion didn't materalise. Now it is "The Haus of Helfa", part of Call (Culture Action Llandudno), a Social Enterprise, which is an innovative partnership between Mostyn Estates and Helfa Gelf Cyf. It is being used by a dozen local artists to house and create various art installations.

Images and recollections of Tedder House can be seen on the CALL website.

More of my photos from LLAWN03 can be found on Geograph.

A contribution to
The Weekend in Black and White;
Weekend Reflections;
Shadow Shot Sunday.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

N is for North Western Gardens, Llandudno

North Western Gardens was reconfigured in 2000 to prioritise pedestrian movement as part of a multimillion pound Heritage Lottery Urban Parks funded renewal programme. The park used to be known locally as 'Bog Island' because its underground toilets were marooned in a sea of cars. While traffic is still present on two sides of the triangular space, one side is now anchored to the shops. Thick planting borders of perennials surround the green lawn, wide pavements and dozens of long comfortable benches can now be enjoyed without interference from traffic.

This recent view looking over the gardens from the cafe in the Mostyn Art Gallery shows where the road used to run on the left.

Until 2014 the square included a beautiful old oak tree but winter storms have destroyed it and now there is only a stump left. The wooden sculpture of the White Rabbit was installed in 2012.

The view above was taken in 2007 from the opposite direction and before the sculpture was installed.

A contribution to ABC Wednesday and NF Trees and Bushes.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Street art and skin art

The premises at 27-29 Church Street, Manchester are home to several different tattooists.

The side wall facing Red Lion Street is covered by a mural that seems to complement their skin art.

A contribution to Monday Murals.