art: June 2011 Archives

275x250.jpg If you doze off at the theatre, it's normally a sign the show you're at isn't very good. But that not the case at the Barbican in London… they've got a show designed to send you to sleep.

Their production 'Lullaby' has been specially created to send the audience to sleep and consists of things such as soothing storytelling and singing octopuses.

If that wasn't enough, the audience lie in pre-booked beds and attend the 'sublime sleepover' in their pyjamas - ready to be lulled to sleep by the slumber-inducing show.

After watching the action and falling asleep, the audience are left to sleep before being woken and served breakfast the following morning at 7.30am… which sure beats a Travelodge.

275x250.jpg A life-size and eight ton cement replica of a classic Volkswagen Beetle has been lowered into the sea as part of an underwater sculpture museum.

Artist Jason deCaires-Taylor created the faux car as part of his amazing underwater installation at Cancun and Isla Mujeres National Marine Park.

Now sitting 8m underwater, it's specifically designed to house marine life, and is made with a ph neutral marine cement which promotes coral.

It even has a variety of special compartments inside so lobsters can make it their home… just don't ask what does it does to the gallon!

275x250.jpg An artist has used hundreds of balloons to recreate scenes from his favourite childhood fairy tales and nursery rhymes - just don't go near them with a pin.

Larry Moss has dubbed his balloon-based art 'Airigami' and describes it as a mixture of sculpture, puppetry and origami.

Each of his pieces - which take scenes from stories like Jack and the Beanstalk, The Three Little Pigs, and Little Red Riding Hood - can use hundreds of balloons.

Other fairy tales given the balloon treatment include The Pied Piper, Goldilocks and The Three Bears, The Frog Prince, and The Princess and The Pea.

275x250.jpg An artist has created a portrait of hip hop star and Black Eyed Peas singer  will.i.am using nothing but black eyed peas. Clever, isn't he?

Lee Merricks - who will from now on be know as Peacasso - says he spent 24 hours in a four day period slaving over the 85cm by 60cm portrait and positioning each pea by hand.

The work was commissioned by Alton Towers Resort to celebrate the band’s forthcoming performance at the Staffordshire venue.

In total, the artwork contains around 5kg of black eyed peas, and if you want to know exactly how many that is… count them yourself.

275x250.jpgA four-year-old artist has been dubbed a 'mini Picasso' after a prestigious New York gallery displayed an exhibition of her work.

Abstract works by little Aelita Andre - said to be the youngest professional painter in the world - can sell for up to £6,100 each and have been praised by art critics.

The Australian artist, who first started painting in play-group, says she is inspired and influenced by nature and outer space and loves creating big bold images.

She often incorporates bark, twigs, children’s toys, bird feathers, and other found objects into her paintings, which gallery bosses say lends "depth and texture" to the overall effect.

And visitors to the Agora Gallery in Manhattan seemed to enjoy her vivid and expressive works… but maybe they just didn't want to make a little girl cry.




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