Showing posts with label Art. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Art. Show all posts

Friday, August 28, 2020

PUTT PUTT #2 art installation Crazy Golf course in Croydon

A look back at the PUTT PUTT #2 art installation Crazy Golf course in Croydon. Played on this day in 2014.


PUTT PUTT #2 art installation Crazy Golf course in Croydon

The art installation miniature golf course was the 345th played on the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour and the 578th visited overall since September 2006.

We've now been to 955 courses in 14 years.

For more information visit the Turf Projects website and PUTT PUTT #2 project page.


Check out my blog post 'Artainment and the world of minigolf' to see how minigolf has been used in other artistic creations.

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Monday, August 24, 2020

Marge Simpson graffiti in Manchester

Spotting some Marge Simpson graffiti high above Deansgate in Manchester.


Marge Simpson graffiti in Manchester
You need a keen eye for street art to spot this piece

While on our first walk in Manchester city centre for quite some time on Saturday Emily spotted this piece of Simpsons graffiti high above Deansgate.

Marge Simpson graffiti in Manchester

We recently spotted some Itchy & Scratchy graffiti on the Fallowfield Loop in Manchester and last August we saw this Simpsons graffiti in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Sunday, August 23, 2020

Invaders in Manchester

A look at a piece of Invader street art in Manchester.


It was nice to have a walk round Manchester again for the first time in a while on Saturday.

One of the best free-to-do activities in the city centre is to look for street art. There's plenty of it about.

Space Invaders

Manchester is the site of an Invasion by French street artist Invader. He created 47 pieces of mosaic tile art with a total points value of 970 back in 2004.

Invader MAN_29 in Manchester
You have to look in a wide-range of places to see the Invaders

Over the years some of these retro video game inspired pieces have been damaged, removed or stolen. While some have been lost entirely because the building they were on has been demolished!

Luckily some of these lost Invaders have been replaced.

Invader MAN_06 in Manchester.
Look up!

Thursday, August 20, 2020

The Goonies street art

It's fun seeing street art and graffiti on my travels and I saw this superb piece by JXC Designs on my last trip down to London back in February.

Chunk from The Goonies graffiti in London
Truffle Shuffle!

Monday, August 17, 2020

Orpheum Mini-Golf in Memphis, Tennessee

A look at the pop-up minigolf course at the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis, Tennessee.


Orpheum Mini-Golf in Memphis, Tennessee. Photo by Jon Drexler, August 2020
The Lion King

Many thanks to our friend, team-mate and minigolf rival Jon Drexler for sending us some photos from his visit to play the new pop-up minigolf course set up at the Orpheum theatre in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.

Orpheum Mini-Golf in Memphis, Tennessee. Photo by Jon Drexler, August 2020
Memphis The Musical

Orpheum Mini-Golf is a 9-hole socially distanced Broadway-themed course and is set-up on the stage of the theatre.

Orpheum Mini-Golf in Memphis, Tennessee. Photo by Jon Drexler, August 2020
The view from the stage

It's a nice use of the theatre space during the pandemic and a way to connect with old and new audiences.

Orpheum Mini-Golf in Memphis, Tennessee. Photo by Jon Drexler, August 2020
What a place to play some minigolf

The Orpheum Mini-Golf course opened this month and is open Thursday to Sunday. The 'show' runs until 15th November.

Orpheum Mini-Golf in Memphis, Tennessee. Photo by Jon Drexler, August 2020
Hamilton

We love seeing miniature golf course pop-ups and unique layouts. The Orpheum Mini-Golf course certainly ticks those boxes. I really like the look of the Hamilton hole above.

Orpheum Mini-Golf in Memphis, Tennessee. Photo by Jon Drexler, August 2020
Les Misérables

Orpheum Mini-Golf in Memphis, Tennessee. Photo by Jon Drexler, August 2020
The green on Les Misérables

Orpheum Mini-Golf in Memphis, Tennessee. Photo by Jon Drexler, August 2020
Memphis the Musical

Orpheum Mini-Golf in Memphis, Tennessee. Photo by Jon Drexler, August 2020
Wicked

The Phantom of the Opera

The Colour Purple

Orpheum Mini-Golf in Memphis, Tennessee. Photo by Jon Drexler, August 2020
Chicago

Orpheum Mini-Golf in Memphis, Tennessee. Photo by Jon Drexler, August 2020
Fiddler on the Roof

Visit the Orpheum Mini-Golf website for more information, opening times, booking details and prices.


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Thursday, August 13, 2020

Artwork on the old British Home Stores in Stockport

A look at the mural artwork on the old BHS in Stockport's Merseyway shopping centre.


Mural artwork on the old BHS at the Merseyway in Stockport
The mural on the side of the old BHS in Stockport

BHS became defunct in August 2016, but there are still traces of the brand if you know where to look.

Mural artwork on the old BHS at the Merseyway in Stockport
Made in 1978

The building is now home to a Poundland store, however there are two small signs bearing the BHS logo and they are visible at the front of the shop.

One of the last visible signs of the old BHS branding
One of the last visible signs of the old BHS branding

The side of the building on Deanery Way contains a wonderful mural made up of concrete panels and mosaic tiles and depicts the history of the town over seven hundred years.

Working up Deanery Way from 1239 to 1978

The artwork was designed by Henry Collins and Joyce Pallet and created in 1978.

Here's a look at the five panels, starting with the most recent era (the seventies!) and working back to the year 1239...


Mural artwork on the old BHS at the Merseyway in Stockport
Panel 5

Panel 4

Mural artwork on the old BHS at the Merseyway in Stockport
Panel 3

Mural artwork on the old BHS at the Merseyway in Stockport
Panel 2

Mural artwork on the old BHS at the Merseyway in Stockport
Panel 1

Mural artwork on the old BHS at the Merseyway in Stockport
Stockport, Cheshire - whether this is, or isn't the case (it isn't), remains a matter of conjecture in the town. It was certainly a big talking point given the location of the recent Greater Manchester Coronavirus Pandemic Lockdown Zone!

Urgh Street Art!

It was brilliant to find this superb piece of tile art by Angus while down in Camden back in February.

Urgh Street Art!

Friday, August 07, 2020

Doug Fishbone's Leisure Land Golf

A look back at Doug Fishbone's Leisure Land Golf.


Doug Fishbone's Leisure Land Golf at York Art Gallery
Doug Fishbone's Leisure Land Golf at York Art Gallery

I played Doug Fishbone's Leisure Land Golf on two occasions in 2016 and 2017. The first was a round at the New Art Exhange in Nottingham, the second was at York Art Gallery.

Doug Fishbone's Leisure Land Golf at the New Art Exchange in Nottingham
Doug Fishbone's Leisure Land Golf at the New Art Exchange in Nottingham

As today is International Beer Day it's worth taking a look at the ace beer mat scorecard the course had.

Doug Fishbone's Leisure Land Golf scorecard

Doug Fishbone's Leisure Land Golf scorecard

Doug Fishbone's Leisure Land Golf course first appeared at the Venice Biennale. It then toured the UK for a while.

Doug Fishbone's Leisure Land Golf merchandise
I bought the ace merch on sale at the art pop-up

Doug Fishbone's Leisure Land Golf merchandise
Branded minigolf merch - always superb to see

It was an interesting art installation and a nice, playable miniature golf course.


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Monday, August 03, 2020

Homer Burger

I saw this fun piece of Homer Simpson graffiti art at Ghetto Golf in Digbeth, Birmingham.

Homer Simpson graffiti at Ghetto Golf in Digbeth, Birmingham

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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Pizza Shark

I spotted this fun Pizza Shark sticker art by Samuel B Thorne at Elephant & Castle in London last year.

Pizza Shark sticker art by Samuel B Thorne at Elephant & Castle

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Hi Doctor Nick!

It's always fun spotting Simpsons-related stuff while out and about.


I saw this sticker for the Kings Cross Tattoo Parlour while down in London last year.

Hi Doctor Nick!
What a strapline!

Related blog posts:
- The Simpsons

Monday, July 27, 2020

Judging the Filwood Fantastic Mini Golf Club PUTT PARTY contest

We had a brilliant time judging all of the entries into the Filwood Fantastic Mini Golf Club's PUTT PARTY contest on Saturday morning.


Putting at home with the Filwood Fantastic Mini Golf Club
Putting at home with the Filwood Fantastic Mini Golf Club

The PUTT PARTY was a Show & Tell of the Mini Golf holes created by residents of Knowle West in Bristol and the culmination of a lot of hard work and crazy golfing fun.

During lockdown and over summer the Filwood Fantastic Mini Golf Club has created a home-based minigolf club for local residents. Having received supplies of arts and crafts materials the club members were challenged to create their own crazy golf holes.

It was superb seeing the innovations, classic styles, wild, wacky and mega minigolf constructions and tricky to pick a winner.

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Yesterday was our finale Putt Party, where Knowle West-ers showcased our DIY Mini Golf Hole’s with one another over zoom, drawing the virtual ClubHouse meetings to a temporary pause. We can’t thank our in-house Mini Golf VIP’s @emslemsgottfried & @richard_gottfried all the way from Stockport enough. What a tricky judging time they had. They fed back beautiful comments on all the houses holes, really respected our community with words of encouragement and praise for our different skillsets and mini golf crafting skills. Comments included ‘wow, I wasn’t expecting that!’ & ‘you had it all!’ 949 Mini Golf Holes 🕳 visited. We cannot wait for you to visit us in Knowle West (when restrictions allow). #superstars #mr&mrs #minigolfchamps #thankyousomuch #diygolfcourse #communityfirst
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After everyone had demonstrated their crazy golf layout and talked through the ideas behind it we entered into deliberation before declaring the Alford family the winners of the Mini Golf Artists Award 2020 for their excellent Crocodile hole.

You can see the winning design in the Filwood Fantastic Mini Golf Club Facebook Group and Instagram.



The multi-level layout had moving parts to open the croc's mouth, a ramp, tunnel, a playable tee-off point and a nice green.

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We're looking forward to seeing the creation scaled-up and included in the full-size Crazy Golf course being built at the Filwood Community Centre later this year.

Visit the Filwood Fantastic Mini Golf Club's Facebook Group and the Filwood Community Centre website for more information.


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The Simpsons art on an ice cream van

We spotted an interestingly decorated ice cream van in Cheadle on Friday.


The Simpsons art on an ice cream van
It's always fun seeing The Simpsons in unexpected places

It's not the first time we've seen The Simpsons on an ice cream van - we saw this one in Leeds and another in Cheadle Heath.

The Simpsons art on an ice cream van
This was on the High Street rather than Abbey Road

Related blog posts:
- The Simpsons

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Little Thief

I'm missing being out and about in Manchester. Every time I have a wander around the city centre I spot a new piece of street art.

Looking through my snaps from previous walks round town I spotted this Little Thief sticker by GRW82 Greatt Whyte.

Little Thief sticker in Manchester by GRW82 Greatt Whyte

Monday, July 20, 2020

Putting at Home with the Filwood Fantastic Mini Golf Club

We found out about the Filwood Fantastic Mini Golf Club in Knowle West, Bristol last month and have joined the club's Putt Party online events.


Filwood Fantastic Mini Golf Club

The Filwood Fantastic Mini Golf Club have created a home-based minigolf club and work is underway to build brand new minigolf course at the Filwood Community Centre.

Members of the club have been designing and making their own crazy golf holes using a wide-range of materials. The 16 households are putting the finishing touches to the layouts ahead of a competition to declare the best design this coming Saturday. Emily and I are really looking forward to being guest judges at the event. We've seen some superb designs so far.

Check out the Filwood Fantastic Mini Golf Club's Facebook Group and the Filwood Community Centre website for more information.

Friday, July 10, 2020

Itchy & Scratchy on the Fallowfield Loop

Spotting some Itchy & Scratchy graffiti on the Fallowfield Loop in Manchester.


We spotted this superb street art by Good Life while out on a walk along the Fallowfield Loop.

The Itchy & Scratchy Show in Manchester
The Itchy & Scratchy Show in Manchester

It's always fun finding Simpsons-inspired artwork while out and about. Last year we saw this nice piece in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Related blog posts:
- Street Art
- The Simpsons

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Filwood Fantastic Mini Golf Club in Bristol

Information about the Filwood Fantastic Mini Golf Club in Knowle West, Bristol.


The Filwood Fantastic Mini Golf Club has been created in Knowle West, Bristol.

A new home-based minigolf club has been created ahead of the building of a brand new minigolf course in Bristol.

Many thanks to our friend, minigolf rival and Midlands Minigolf Club team-mate Kevin Moseley for letting us know about the new minigolf club and course near him in Bristol.

The Filwood Fantastic Mini Golf Club has been set-up by artist Megan Clark-Bagnall to introduce fun and creativity during lockdown.

Members of the online Filwood Fantastic Mini Golf Club are putting together ideas and obstacles in the Filwood Fantastic Mini Golf Club's Facebook Group. The new minigolf course will be opening at Filwood Community Centre later in the year.

It's brilliant to see another example of competitive isolation during the pandemic. We've loved seeing all of the different Putt At Home activities taking place around the world while people haven't been able to get out to play.

We're looking forward to following the progress of the club and playing the course on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.

Check out the Filwood Fantastic Mini Golf Club's Facebook Group and the Filwood Community Centre website for more information.

Tuesday, June 02, 2020

CLUB GOLF pop-up minigolf in King's Cross, London

A look at the CLUB GOLF pop-up minigolf course at Coal Drops Yard in King's Cross, London.


CLUB GOLF pop-up minigolf in King's Cross, London

The out-of-home part of our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour is currently paused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The 948th, and last new, course visited on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour was the CLUB GOLF pop-up at Coal Drops Yard in King's Cross, London.

CLUB GOLF pop-up minigolf in King's Cross, London

I played the 9-hole rave-inspired art installation crazy golf course in February this year.

CLUB GOLF pop-up minigolf in King's Cross, London

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

World Art Day - art and minigolf

Today is World Art Day.


A look at art installation minigolf courses and crazy golf sculptures.


A look at art installation minigolf courses and crazy golf sculptures

We've seen the worlds of art and minigolf combine a number of times over the years.

A look at art installation minigolf courses and crazy golf sculptures

A relatively new term for this combination is 'artainment' - where art and entertainment mix to immerse visitors to an exhibition, gallery or installation in an interactive experience.

A look at art installation minigolf courses and crazy golf sculptures

It'll be interesting to see where the next art-based minigolf course we play is when the coronavirus pandemic is over.

Related blog posts:
- Art
- Artainment
- Artainment and the world of minigolf