James Grover Thurber was an American author, cartoonist and celebrated wit. Thurber was best known for his cartoons and short stories, published mainly in The New Yorker magazine then collected in his numerous books. One of the most popular humorists of his time, Thurber celebrated the comic frustrations and eccentricities of ordinary people. But we are talking about him in this blog not for what he did in his life but what he said. He is quoted as saying: “I don’t know much about art, but I know what I like.” And that is why we are here. We here at ladders online have no idea about art. What kind it is, what the…”message” is behind it, we just like what we like. Now today we are talking about little giant ladders of course, and were going to look at some other little giants. Very little giant’s indeed…
Today we are jumping on the bus to take a trip over to Barrington Court in Somerset. Because it seems they have been invaded by over 40,000 little giants!!!
Sadly for us nerds this is not the start of a doctor who episode. British sculptor and Turner-Prize winner, Antony Gormley, best known for his monumental sculpture, Angel of the North, uses the human form to explore our relationship with the world. Field for the British Isles is an installation made in collaboration with a community in Merseyside. 40,000 hand-sized terracotta figures were produced by old and young alike, the shape of each determined by the person making it.
The installation is an Arts Council Collection Exhibition from South Bank Centre and is one of five artworks on loan as part of the Trust New Art programme 2012. Trust New Art is the National Trust’s art and craft programme taking place at selected historic houses, countryside and garden properties across England. It connects more people to National Trust places through contemporary art and craft. It has been supported by a three-year partnership with Arts Council England to build links between the National Trust and the contemporary arts and craft sector. And the best thing about it? You can go and see it right now! (correct at time of blog print) and boy is it worth a look. Lets face it what else are you going to do in all this rain we have been having?!? Go to see this amazing art or going up and down those little giant ladders and getting on with the diy?!? The choice as they say is yours!
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