Thursday, 27 February 2014

Topocline by Paul Morrison

I was in Liverpool the other week and visited the Walker Art Gallery while there. In one of the galleries is this huge silhouette of a dandelion by Paul Morrison. It's been on display for a while - but i've not had my camera with me until now to get a shot of it.
Topocline was made in 2005 and is industrial powder coated aluminium and galvanised steel. 

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Grayson Perry Dandelion

I went to see The Vanity of Small Differences at Manchester City Art Gallery the other week. It's an absolutely wonderful exhibition with 6 large tapestries by Grayson Perry. Inspired by William Hogarth's A Rake's Progress, the tapestries show the influence of class on aesthetic taste.
I noticed a rather beautiful dandelion on The Upper Class at Bay - shown at the front of the image above.

The show is no longer at Manchester Art Gallery, but has moved on to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery until May 11th - so you have plenty of time to go and see the the exhibition.

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Dandelion Wine (sort of)

My friend sent me something from Canada for the Dandelion Archive a while ago - it's the label off a bottle of Argentinian wine she bought - she dropped it in the post to me with a note:

'I didn't notice the label until I was well into the bottle (hence the poor job cleaning and peeling it off ha, ha)'

Well, in the interests of the Dandelion Archive I think she's done a splendid job and the label is now catalogued and safely in the archive of all things dandelion related.

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Dandelions and barbecues

Here is another really random use of a dandelion on a 5kg bag of Tesco's lumpwood charcoal for barbecues. I collected a piece of the bag from a friend last summer - it's a bit torn as they were about to throw it out. I like the way the image fades to smog at the top of the bag - lighter fuel and charcoal smoke induced no doubt. I can smell the under cooked, but burnt meat from here - ah, the smell of a lukewarm suburban summer evening - lovely.

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Raffaello Sanzio's dandelion

Ages ago I went to Rome for a few days to visit galleries and museums and eat lovely food and drink great wine - a fab trip.
While there I visited the Galleria Borghese - an amazing museum with some of the world's most incredibly beautiful artworks, and it was while in the gallery i spotted a dandelion.
If you look very carefully it's in the bottom left corner - a tall dandelion with a head of seeds in a perfect globe - in this La Deposizione di Cristo painted in 1507 by Raffaello Sanzio. Standing on it's own on pretty bare ground i'm not sure what it symbolizes here - the transition of life from one state into another perhaps?