Hull City of Culture: Good Friday day out

Being Good Friday the museums of museum quarter Injand Ferens art gallery were closed, however I still found things to look at.

The Sping flowers in Princess Gardens were beautiful.

With Emperess pub in background
I also saw the temporary installations of daffiodils, present just for Easter weekend and poppies which are moving round the country during the centenary of the World War One years. The train station has dozens of boards showing all the men from Hull, who died in the First World War.


It is a shame all the redevelopment work was not completed before the year of culture as it means there are a lot of fences and barriers around.


The courts on Alfred Gelder street, are a very ornate building.


I went to the Deep car park to see installations within cars. These were not immediately obvious and it felt strange walking round car park  trying to look for art in cars as although I may be wanting to not ride.

For example, in this picture one of the cars is the nearest one in this picture ( little light green colour one) then another is same colour other end of row nearly completely hidden in this photo by a van.

The first car:


The second car:


The third car:


I would say don’t come to Hull just for cars. But have a look if you go to the Deep, particularly if you are in group and there is a long queue to get into the Deep; you can take it turns to look at cars / wait in line. From The marine or museum quarter the cars are only a 5/10minute diversion each way.

I was not, expecting to see any urinals during my day out but, saw several at Fountsain 17 during a 5minute stop; did not feel needed to study them. I also paid a quick visit to the Humber Gallery on the same street. The upstairs galleries has exhibition on untill mid June called Becoming the sea. To be honest it was rather space, various videos so did not engage me for long.

Downstairs there was a Raft of Medusa, a reference  had recently become aquatinted with due to car 2 at the Deep car park.


Also on Humber street was a couple of fun planters.


The paper exhibition 30June to 9th July, sounds interesting. At the launch the worlds favourite colour will be announced. At the I information point at the train station,  I picked up some stickers and cards about how to submit favourite colour.


Humber street is part of an 80million pound regeneration project. Around the area are teasers about what is to come…


I also briefly popped into Playing the Bridge, a multimedia installation on Scale bridge near the museum quarter. In the semi darkness, films played on large screens and a couple of people had different hammers which they banged on the metal to create eerie acoustics.

I may have only popped into some places very briefly but, still fun especially as I discovered today and on previous visit during year of culture there is lots to see around.

During the day I only saw one Amy Johnson moth in St Stephens, not sure if this is now it’s permanent home as other moths have moved.

Hull hot chocolate at Cocoa Chocolatier

More Hull Wonderwalls

Hot chocolate at the Real McCoy Hull.

Wondewalls: Hull City of Culture

30+ moths, 2 toads; Land of Green Ginger, gold Post box and Gold phone box; features of a walk around Hull

Model of Amy Johnson’s Jason in the train station

Amy Johnson statue

Willberforce column

Fish embedded in pavement in front of city hall

Wonderwall: York walls and walks (cats and other animals)

City Walls

York has had city walls since Roman times and it has more complete city walls than any other English city. There is about 2miles of walls to walk round in York. From the walls the York minster and pretty gardens can be seen.

Cats


Many walls and roofs in the city have cats on them which is a tradition since medival times to ward off evil spirits, rats and mice and bring luck to York residents. Try looking up to see or if you want help go to York Lucky cats at 34 Shambles and pick up a trial map. The map directs you around 9 cats and back to the shop as part of a mini (kitten trial) which takes about 30minutes). The first 9 includes this realistic cat following a pigeon.

You can then continue to find including first 9 a total of 22+ cats. There is 22+ cats because there is a fewcat shops along way; cats protection shop, the cat gallery on Low Petergate and the lucky cat shop itself which come back to at end of mini and full trial. Also during trial you see Golden Lion and Red Lion pubs.


The full tour including the first 9 takes 2.5 to 3 hours depending upon how lost you get. The most lost we got was by deviating onto the city walls at High Petergate CLUE the trial does not take you on the city walls. It is however a free, fun way to spend time in the city.

We also got a little confused between cats 16 and 17. The instructions stated go back to bridge and turn right then left into Coney Street. I think what it missed was when got to bridge needed to cross road and down to other side of bridge on same side of river then do the right then left to get to Coney Street.

I think there should be bonus points for spotting a real life cat in York; I did not achieve that.


Animal walks

You could wander around spotting animals. In addition to all the cats; there are numerous pubs related to animals: red and golden lion, 3 cranes, 3 tuns, swans, nags head and horse heads on Watergste Inn and pub opposite it. There was even a a sculptural dog cocking it’s leg outside an establishment on Low Petergate.

Wonderwall Glasgow Street Art and More

Some pictures of Glasgow street art and more.

Scotland : Glasgow

Glasgow the biggest city in Scotland. While staying in Edinburgh we also planned a day trip to Glasgow. We took the ScotRail to Glasgow, it’s a 55 minutes ride. Meanwhile you can enjoy the beautiful landscape. Glasgow is the biggest and busiest city in Scotland and it’s located on the banks of the River Clyde. Unfortunately the […]

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I have seen street artists painting wooden walls but no one tagging…

What inspires graffitti ‘artists’ / street artists. I don’t know for certain, I imagine as with lots of things it is different for different people. I can understand the desire to create / leave your … https://wonderwall360blog.wordpress.com/2017/02/13/what-inspires-graffitti-artists-street-artists/

Years ago when there was board around the former Republic in Sheffield; I remember now I saw it being painted.

Today came across artists on Priestly street in Sheffield. Older than you may imagine. At first just one painting and others stood across road assessing their progress, with music playing and lots spray cans laid out orderly, on mats.

What inspires graffitti ‘artists’ / street artists.

I don’t know for certain, I imagine as with lots of things it is different for different people. I can understand the desire to create / leave your mark / express your self. Not all people who are artistic / who want to express themselves can make a living from their art. Like people who may want to express themselves writing may, write a blog rather than earn a living out of it.

Who has not written their name or a message on a misty window / mirror, in sand or snow? As parents know, children seem to be born with a desire to write on walls, floors and tables rather than paper so maybe we are all born with the gumption to be a graffiti  artist? But some of us grow up or do not dare?

Perhaps we all have it in our genes the urge to write on walls. As this great blog post I read, points out there is evidence of cave  painting and hyreglyphics in Egyptian tombs.

A fascinating post (not mine) about street art.

Writing on walls can be a powerful communication method. Wilkipedia credits the first modern graffiti artist as being Cornbread who as a student in 1967 wrote on walls in an attempt to get a girl’s attention. In Sheffield on a bridge, that is part of the Park Hill flats the sprayed message ‘I love you, will you marry me’ instead has been immortalised in lights.

 
Now a days with the internet is possible to get messages across to a large group of strangers; though posts electronic walls, tweets etc… In times gone by expressing political views or making statements about situations has been enabled by writing on walls such as John Lennon’s wall where peace messages were painted during times of communism and the Berlin wall.

Wonderwall: John Lennon Wall Prague

Wonderwalls: Berlin

Despite  enhanced mass communications methods street art can still be used to highlight topical issue /  points of views.

Women’s rights street art

Global warming street art

https://www.timeout.com/london/blog/a-new-piece-of-la-la-land-inspired-street-art-shows-theresa-may-and-donald-trump-dancing-together-021717

Some art pieces need a large space and walls provide that space.

Some would argue those who spraypaint their ‘tag’ albeit that it may be a moniker rather than actual name reflecting the risks of tagging illicitly; are not so artistic. Perhaps taggers have different aims.

A quote from the following article (also linked above):

A fascinating post (not mine) about street art.

The article above also speculates the thrill that the taggers get from the process; the cat and mousse game with police. Then there are so called heaven spots, which is where tags are painted in difficult to reach places. it can be a wonder when you spot some colour , high up on a building; how on earth it was painted. Indeed unfortunately  heaven spots are also so called because of the risk to life.

I also wonder whether taggers get a thrill seeing their tag everywhere. I have noticed the Nop tag everywhere in Sheffield and it did cause me to think what it meant,; therefore it has had some impact on myself. It has been suggested the nop tag stands for Norfolk park and it is a gang symbol.

Wonderwalls? NO:P
I also see the word Quiet and initials SCS around Sheffield.


A couple of times in the same writing, I have seen the message ‘keep it real’.


I see the colours and words but never the people creating. So what do I really know?