Weekend Roundup - 5th/6th May '12
I hope everyone's had a reasonably resplendent Bank Holiday weekend. I did a couple of London walks this weekend (contrary to my last three weekends of each month rule), mainly because last weekend was so wet.
On Saturday morning I met Louise and Mel who were down from Herefordshire for a weekend in London (celebrating their wedding anniversary) and they joined me on the Trafalgar Square to St Paul's walk. Unfortunately I completely forgot to take a photo of them. We stopped for tea in Twinings, which you can do (for free) because they have a little kitchen in the back where you can help yourself to anyone of their vast range of teas.
Sunday - My neck of the woods east end walk
There were nine people on Sunday for my walk around Old Street, Hoxton, Shoreditch and Spitalfields. There were a couple of familiar faces as Tamsin and Rowan who had come on my St Paul's to Monument walk a couple of weeks earlier returned for some more Bowl Of Chalk action. Here's the group (minus Rowan, who still doesn't like being on photos) standing in front of one of street artist Stik's pieces on Hoxton Street.
If you live in the area, or have even just visited, it's quite likely that you'll have seen Stik's work adorning walls, doors and shop shutters as he's been daubing his simple but emotive figures around the place for over ten years. They're bold and bright and give a whole new meaning to the term 'street art' as Stik spent some time living on the street himself. I think his idea is that by just using a handful of lines, it is possible to convey human emotion and feeling and that although you may dismiss his work as just massive stick figures, you'll find that on each occasion the feeling he is trying to capture, whether it be vulnerability, anger, aggression, love or friendship are instantly recognisable. I'd wager that for people who do live on the streets, such instant associations with the way someone walks or holds themselves are very important.
Anyway ... if you're interested in seeing a few of Stik's paintings, then you might like to take a look at this map (courtesy of the Londonist), which very handily has them plotted for you.
Repeat Offenders - Tamsin and Rowan
Most Spanish via Germany - Neus and Santiago
Rocked up in style - Stephanie and James
Best moustache - No winners
Most American - Katy (or KD)
Most unphotographed - Louise and Mel
Most Australian - Cristina
Bowl Of Chalk
Bowl Of Chalk based shenanigans.