Scaling the Wall

The Southbank Centre, London is a huge, vibrant Arts centre for music, theatre, the visual arts and more. It has a rather austere exterior appearance. But search, and you will find sculpture, and other neat touches that soften the concrete walls. And you will find colour, particularly in the area around the Mexican street food restaurant Wahaca.

A neat piece of artwork shows an animal (an urban fox perhaps) attempting to scale the vertical walls.

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And a corner nearby has been transformed by an attractive geometric design.

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Nearby in an undercroft is the South Bank Skate Park. This has been a feature of this area for many years. This is where you will find the more familiar graffiti artists’ work.

IMG_1038_wpEvidence perhaps that if there is an area for street artists to display their craft without clashing with authority, then the more visible external walls will be largely protected and will be treated with the respect they deserve.

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About LensScaper

Hi - I'm a UK-based photographer who started out 45+ years ago as a lover of landscapes, inspired by my love of outdoor pursuits: skiing, walking and climbing. Now retired, I seldom leave home without a camera and I find images in unexpected places and from different genres. I work on the premise that Photography is Art and that creativity is dependent on the cultivation of 'A Seeing Eye'. I'm not averse to manipulating images to produce derivatives that may sometimes be far removed from the original.
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17 Responses to Scaling the Wall

  1. This is a nice urbex find, Andy. Really good detail and color in the images. What talent to creat these things on such a large scale.

  2. oneowner says:

    Very cool graphics, especially the first.

  3. Some nice work here, Len – both yours and the graffiti artists’. The first graphic looks to be a cross between an animal and one of the Mexican Lucha libra wrestlers with their masks. Maybe he works at Wahaca during the day and as a wrestler at night.

  4. Nice finds Andy. I love the first one.

  5. I love graffiti images like yours. Very nicely done. Thank you for the inspiration for my mind to continue to be creative and push through with my photography.

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks so much for visiting my blog and for your comment. Inspiration is the real bonus of the blogging community. We hope to provide it and we acquire it through all the work we see.

  6. janina says:

    I like this artwork, especially the man/fox. It’s good to see some areas reserved for creative expression such as this; we have them here too. Great pix and finds.

  7. ehpem says:

    I really like the geometric design and how it wraps around the corner, but appears to put the corner into a single plane. I think we all win when the street artists are given venues for their work, and when a protective coating of art is put up which they respect and don’t paint over. More art, more eye catching surfaces and less vandalism.

  8. Jim Nix says:

    ha! I have that same pic of the fox somewhere from my last London visit….small world huh?

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