When I started blogging I made myself a few rules – never post photos of my kids or their art; never drink and blog. Well tonight I break the latter rule with a nice St Clair 2007 Sav. I should have saved it for guests but the last of those left in April so…
Funny news items recently about the pink vest initiative for taggers (TV news story here). A little pillory is probably not a bad idea and the thought that wearing a pink vest is offensive is a bit silly. In fact, in a show of guerilla art, I am knitting this stylish garment to wear on the streets of Wellington in support of my fellow street artists.
Today I had the pleasure of visiting Kenepuru hospital (ok – not quite pleasurable) but one thing notable is the artwork. A series of black and white photographic portraits of local people mainly by Gary Hale, line the walls, along with archive photographs (the Queen visits Cannons Creek etc). Almost worth a visit just to see these actually and a wonderful alternative to the usual hospital art dross. A notable exception being the Royal Doulton ceramic murals in the Wellington Children’s Hospital.
“The Royal Doulton Tiles have been a feature of Wellington Hospital since 1912 when a set of 18 tiles were installed in the King Edward VII Memorial Children’s Hospital. In 1989 when the Children’s Hospital was demolished the tiles were placed in storage after considerable effort to save the tiles was made by members of the Community. In 1992 eight sets of tiles were placed in the then new Children’s hospital with the remainder being placed in storage. The Wellington Hospitals & Health Foundation together with Capital & Coast District Health Board has facilitated the return of the tiles to the New Regional Hospital where they form a key linkage between the new hospital and the old hospital. The area where the tiles have been located will be known as the Royal Doulton Tile Gallery. “
I found these images strangely reassuring when stuck in hospital with a sick baby last year, so its nice to see they are ALL back in place.
Today also saw the conclusion of the first Poetry for Chutney exchange (TM). The books are wonderful thanks muchly, with the interesting observation that poetry looks so much better on the page than on the ‘net.
I am open to other exchanges (the Art and My Life 2008 Food for Art Scheme).