• David Nash at Kew

Some snaps of David Nash’s current exhibition of wood sculptures in Kew Gardens – and one living form.IMG_1064 copy

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• Lunch on the grass

While posting yesterday on the planned new concert hall in Katowice, I remembered a couple of walks I took with Górecki’s daughter and her family while I was visiting him in 2010.  One was to Nikiszowiec, which I’ll post about sometime soon.  The other was on Sunday morning, 1 November, in the birch forest and parkland on the southern outskirts of the city.

A clear, crisp morning, with a couple of unusual sights: a red squirrel at close quarters

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something strangely reminiscent of a certain French painting.  Although it has all the facial hallmarks of socialist-realist imagery of the early 1950s, I think that it must be from a later period, possibly the 1970s.  I can’t work out whether it’s tongue-in-cheek or oh-too-serious … or both.

• Hyde Park Corner

Hyde Park Corner, London: one transient sculpture, one permanent memorial.  Lorenzo Quinn’s Hand of God will subsequently be installed at the Royal Exchange.  The 7 July Memorial, dedicated to the 52 victims of the London bombings in 2005, was unveiled two years ago.  Each has its own poignancy.

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• Liverpool: sculptures and architecture

On today’s day-trip to see the Magritte exhibition at Tate Liverpool, I wandered around the city and riverside, my first visit in decades.  Here are a few snaps of this radically changed cityscape, ending with shots of The Mower (1881), by William Hamo Thorneycroft, in the Walker Gallery.

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