Rob Kidd, Editor
The novelty of nature’s tiny symmetrical works of art never seems to wear off. This beautiful exhibition on the lawn outside the museum has been running all summer and its popularity shows no signs of abating. There’s science for those who want it, with thoughtful displays and interpretation for junior lepidopterists. The real appeal, though, is seeing these amazing creatures. They seem to have an uncanny sense of when they’re about to have their photo taken, so the only way to see them in their full glory is in the flesh.
Sensational Butterflies is at the Natural History Museum until 14 September. Admission is £5.50.Comments
Already bringing a little colour to the grey commute of London’s subterranean commuters, the Art on the Underground programme is expanding - to the river. In a bid to double the number of people travelling by boat, TfL has begun commissioning work to brighten up London’s piers and jetties. The first commission, a pair of paintings from British artist Clare Woods, goes on display in poster form from this month.
Commenting on the new work, Clare said: “The view of the city and the river banks, the muted feel to the sound and the general chaos of London are all elements of travelling on the river. I was very much influenced and interested by the huge tidal range, in some places eight meters, and what this drop in tide exposes. It is a whole other part of London that’s unseen by most people. I wanted to paint where these human structures meet the river but from the river’s point of view.”
To find out more about travel on the river, check out the TfL website.Comments