Priceless Wonderground/Lion Sculpture/Anish Kapoor

16/10/2012

Three articles with pics below

Article 1: Priceless Wonderground - Southbank

I won a superb competition in September 2012 courtesy of Mastercard UK, prize being four tickets for Priceless Wonderground part of the Underbelly entertainment seasonal events on Southbank.  The prize included entry to Priceless Wonderground a Coney Island themed fairground with rides, freak shows, food and refreshments.  We were treated to an entertaining show ‘Cantina' with amazing acrobatic artistes, contortionists, dancers, live music and some saucy scenes featuring male nudity...very hot.

Mastercard also provided vouchers for amusement rides and a freak show where we saw Australian Guinness World Record holder Chayne aka ‘The Space Cowboy' perform daring and dangerous acts.  Chayne swallowed swords and hooked heavy weights to his eye sockets swinging them from side to side which was quite ghastly.  One of my friends couldn't bear watching the thrilling acts so she shut her eyes in fear and clung on to my arm while the rest of the audience gasped and cringed during the freak show.  We also got to see an animal freak show exhibition and stroked a yellow albino python which was smooth to the touch.

Many thanks to Mastercard for an unusual night out, a weird but wonderful experience at Priceless Wonderground 2012. 

©Article/photos by Gina Chrysanthou

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Article 2. Ben Long's Lion Scaffolding Sculpture - Bruce Castle Museum

A striking Lion sculpture perched upon a plinth caught our attention on a sunny September day leading my mother and me to Bruce Castle Museum on Lordship Lane during the annual Open House weekend.

Artist Ben Long created the masterful lion sculpture made up entirely from scaffolding which was erected in the park as part of a commissioned project - the idea being to display modern art sculptures in parks within the borough of Harringey.  In this case Ben Long's idea for the lion sculpture was to use everyday material to create this most unique work of art.

It's a pity that the lion sculpture was only a temporary exhibit and not a permanent fixture making it a local landmark.  The sculpture looked so impressive and was an eye-catching attraction which enhanced the area within the grounds of Bruce Castle Museum.

©Article by Gina Chrysanthou, photos by Amita Chatterji

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Article 3. Anish Kapoor's Exhibition - Lisson Gallery

World renowned artist/sculptor Anish Kapoor who is well known for innovative contemporary sculptures exhibited his latest work at The Lisson Gallery.  On 9 October 2012, I attended the exhibition preview which commemorated 30 years of Kapoor's collaborations with the Lisson Gallery.  Both the two Lisson Galleries in Bell Street were heaving with hoards of people viewing Kapoor's exhibits.

Kapoor's sculptures have often attracted media attention and one of his most widely publicised sculptures is the Arcelor Mittal Orbit at the Olympic Park constructed specially for the London 2012 Olympic Games - now a famous landmark.

The main concept at Kapoor's latest exhibition was Earth's matter interpreted through sculptures, pictures and installations using various materials i.e cement and metal.  Particularly liked the two dimensional spherical monochromes made from fibreglass in different colours which when viewed from certain angles seemed like highly polished shiny discs.  I also liked his steel sculpture outside in the back yard of the gallery which looked like colossal brown metal eye balls.

Would be interesting to know what Anish Kapoor is going to produce next.

©Article/photos by Gina Chrysanthou

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