I had to nip away for an overnight stay in central London this week. I Googled ‘quirky, arty, hotels’ and up came the Pavillion Hotel on the Time Out site.
Just click on the link to see all the amazingly themed rooms, and crazy decor. Someone must have had such fun putting it all together. I would love to know the history of the person and the place, but couldn’t find anything. My bedroom was called ‘Up, Up and Away’.
Sadly I can’t recommend the ‘Hotel’, it has definitely seen better days. It is in a slightly dodgy area, there is a surly, bored person manning the desk, no resturant and this was my so called continental breakfast left outside my room in the morning.
Weetabix on the Go – euuuurrrrgghhhhhh! Who knew that even existed! Yuck!
But I did enjoy the decor and the quirky bits and peices
The Hotel was quite close to Hyde Park, so before it got dark I had a brisk walk to Marble Arch where there is a strangely wild sculpture,
by British Sculptor Bushra Fakhoury
which was unveiled in March 2017.
There is always something arty to see in London, no matter how fleeting the visit. After a quick whizz round a bit of Hyde Park, which was looking rather bleak on a cold drizzly January afternoon, I found an oasis of a health food shop to pick up something for supper. Then back to my hotel as I did not want to be wandering those particualr streets after dark.
A nice cosy evening of knitting, reading and a bit of TV followed – always particularly relaxing away from home.
….. where a dragon, Frosty the snowman and a little glass duck can frolic happily together
The above arrangement was created by Little Miss M aged 5, in a pot of succulents
Then we added to it
with two more funny Forever Flowers made by Jodie
The photo below is Jodie’s, showing more of her wonderfully bonkers creations
I just LOVE them!!!! They make me smile and brighten up a dull, rainy Jaunuary day.
We added some ‘flowers’ made using sculpture pieces by Zolo
These pieces are great for the children to make fanciful sculptures with – sadly they cost a fortune to buy from the US once shipping and customs duty ave been added. I first bought a set at the airport in New York when I was coming back home in 2008. Then luckily a friend of mine was able to get another set for me when she visited the US more recently.
Hazel catkins, ash twigs and golden privet.
Pop over to Rambling in the Garden to see what Cathy and other gardeners, from all over the globe, have put in their vases this Monday.
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A wonderful BBC programme, Imagine, was on TV on Saturday, giving insights about Rachel Whiteread’s 30 year career and the current Exhibition at Tate Britain.
I became fascinated by this couple
Their shapes, their colours, their interaction.
People watching is one of my favourite things to do – you too?
Joining in with Norm’s Thursday Doors.
Rounding off my weekend in London I went to Tate Britain to see the Rachel Whiteread exhibition. I have been interested in her work ever since ‘House’ in 1993.
Such an extraordinary thing to do.
Art that encourages us to see things differently is always exciting.
The atmosphere that was created by the exhibiton at the Tate was one of supreme calm and serenity. Something to do with the combination of neutral colours, scale and space. I would happily have spent the whole day there.
Making the domestic monumental.
I loved the way every shape interacted with the space and other objects in the space.
Collections of used household objects cast as solid objects
looks simple doesn’t it but watch this film on ‘How to Cast like Rachel Whiteread’
and see just how many processes go into creating one object – mindblowing!
Book shelves reminding me of the first little library I used to visit with my Grandfather in the 1950s/60s
There is something intriguing about exploring negative space.
Clever to keep the colours calm so that the mind can peacefully think about positive and negative without the noise of colour.
And to get to know the artist better – a film of Rachel Whitread talking about the way she works.