Feeling Curious & Arty

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

At the weekend we popped down the road to the local cemetery. Before you think the plot has been well and truly lost, let me explain...


West Norwood Cemetery is one of London's 'Magnificent Seven' cemeteries. These large graveyards were all established between 1832-1841 to alleviate overcrowding in existing parish burial grounds. A number of well-known people are buried in West Norwood, including Sir Henry TateMrs Beeton and John Doulton.

Anyway, this summer the cemetery is hosting a special trail. Works by 21 different contemporary artists are on display in the grounds.
 

Are you curious? Come on then, let's grab a map and head off...


 

The site is pretty big, about 40 acres, and it was a burning hot day... It's actually a lovely green place to walk, a calm finally resting place, with plenty of wildlife around and about.


 
So, onto the artworks ~ here are some of my favourites...
 
Holy by Sian Bonnell

I Miss U by Lucy Spanyol

Ian McCaughrean
 
Carys Davies
 
I also liked this concept ~ the artist identified the graves of several poets around the cemetery and placed stones nearby engraved with a word from one of their poems...


This was fun too!

The Well by Ania Tomaszewska-Nelson


 
There are so many lovely details here...




The Victorian part of the cemetery is particularly lovely ~ all the stones are so old, many now leaning at odd angles. We saw quite a few from the late 1800s, I read one that said the deceased had been accidentally shot in Illinois, America ~ as Mr DI pointed out, that must have been the Wild West period!!

 
This was an unusual, interesting trail and very much in keeping with this summer's digital theme of open-air art/sculpture.
 
Have you ever been to an exhibition in a strange location?  

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