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Eduardo Paolozzi At Tottenham Court Road Tube Station

Eduardo Paolozzi‘s mosaics are now back in Tottenham Court Road tube station.

This article on Global Rail News describes how they were installed.

It’s a pity, that there are not more to cover the new white walls, which are there because the station has been expanded for Crossrail.

February 2, 2017 Posted by | Travel | , , , | Leave a comment

Summoned By Bells

When I saw the pictures of the new bells for Southwark Cathedral, I just had to go and have a look.

It was just as well I did, as after the dedication yesterday, they will not be on view, but hanging in the belfry.

January 10, 2017 Posted by | World | , | Leave a comment

The Bridges Of Walthamstow

I have been meaning for some time to walk the route of the Gospel Oak to Barking Line (GOBlin) between Walthamstow Central station in Selborne Road to Blackhorse Road station.

But now the line is closed for electrification work, I thought it would be an appropriate time to do it, taking photographs as I walked.

To cross all the bridges, I was constantly doubling back on myself, using a route of.

  • West on Selborne Road.
  • Right onto Vernon Road
  • Left onto Walthamstow High Street
  • Right onto Palmerston Road
  • Left onto Northcote Road
  • Right onto Pretoria Avenue
  • Right onto Warner Road and back to Northcote Road
  • Left onto Palmerston Road
  • Left onto Walpole Road, Suffolk Park Road and The Links
  • Right onto Pretoria Road
  • Left onto Forest Road

After a short detour to look at the bridge on Blackhorse Road, I arrived at the station, where I took a bus alongside of the GOBlin to Tottenham Hale station.

This Google Map shows Walthamstow Central and Blackhorse Road stations, and the portion of the GOBlin in the area.

The Bridges Of Walthamstow

The Bridges Of Walthamstow

Note in both the photographs and the map.

  • There are eleven bridges including those at Blackhorse Road and Selborne Road.
  • Most seem to be in good condition, with Palmerston Road having been recently replaced and others looking as if they have been thoroughly refurbished.
  • Only Suffolk Park Road and Stoneydown Avenue Bridges have restrictions on access.
  • It would appear that the track going towards Blackhorse Road has been lifted and laying of new track has started at that end.
  • There does appear to be some new sheet piling to stabilise the cutting.
  • There is ample space on both sides of this section of the line to erect the masts and gantries for the overhead wires.
  • I wonder what William Morris would think of the bridge designs.
  • I can’t find any information on whether more work needs to be done on the bridge at Suffolk Park Road, except a mention of new public art from 2015.

So in this section at least, it doesn’t appear that there’ll be much problem putting up the overhead wires for the electrification.

June 14, 2016 Posted by | Travel | , , , , | 7 Comments

Simple Art At Blackfriars Station

I’ve been through Blackfriars station many times and have never noticed this art before.

Simple Art At Blackfriars Station

Simple Art At Blackfriars Station

All of the bricks have the names of stations served by trains from the old Blackfriars station.

It must be the only place where Baden-Baden is next to Beckenham.

 

 

April 20, 2016 Posted by | Travel | , | Leave a comment

The Tate Modern Extension

The Tate Modern Extension is coming on.

There does seem a lot of work to do for opening next year!

October 15, 2015 Posted by | World | , , | Leave a comment

Abraham Cruzvillegas At The Tate Modern

I took these pictures at the new Abraham Cruzvillegas installation in the turbine hall at the Tate Modern. It is called Empty Lot

I quite like it and it’ll be interesting to see if it grows on the visitors!

I shall be going back!

October 15, 2015 Posted by | World | , , | Leave a comment

The Kröller-Müller Museum

The Kröller-Müller Museum contains an art collection. It is set in The National Park de Hoge Veluwe, near Arnhem.

The gallery contains examples of many great painters and is surrounded by sculpture displayed in a wooded landscape.

October 9, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized, World | , , | Leave a comment

Wot No Adverts!

I took this picture at Kings Cross station.

Wot No Adverts!

Wot No Adverts!

It was a surprise and probably to be welcomed in some ways.

However, although I don’t like advertising, unless it is informative about a new film or play, say, I did miss something to read, as I went up the escalator.

Now that these adverts are often screens, I’m surprised that no-one has developed an art installation using them.

September 15, 2015 Posted by | Travel | , , | Leave a comment

The Falkirk Wheel

The Falkirk Wheel was  the destination of the walk.

I think it is impressive. But is it art, engineering or a spectacular solution to lifting boats between two canals?. Wikipedia says this about the purpose of the lift.

The wheel raises boats by 24 metres (79 ft), but the Union Canal is still 11 metres (36 ft) higher than the aqueduct which meets the wheel. Boats must also pass through a pair of locks between the top of the wheel and the Union Canal. The Falkirk Wheel is the only rotating boat lift of its kind in the world.

It is also unique.

This Google Map gives a view looking down on the area.

Falkirk Wheel

Falkirk Wheel

The Forth and Clyde Canal, which runs across the top of the picture is thirty five metres lower than the Union Canal that runs along the bottom.

Perhaps we should create more spectacular machines like this. In the same class, I would include, these from the UK, that I have seen.

  1. The Thames Barrier.
  2. Tower Bridge
  3. The Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge

All are different in their own way. But certainly at the Falkirk Wheel on a sunny Sunday afternoon, kids of all ages had gathered to watch.

September 6, 2015 Posted by | Travel | , , , | Leave a comment

An Impressive Structure In Dresden

It may only be a shelter for a number of lines at a tram interchange in Dresden, but I like it.

We should create more structures like this that combine engineering, art, beauty and practicality in suitable proportions.

June 14, 2015 Posted by | Travel | , , , , | Leave a comment