Shivvy Archer, Trix and Ray Harland at the Brunswick
PSYCHEDELIC mushrooms may soon be joined by shotgun-wielding badgers on the façade of a Gloucester pub.
Artist Trix has already spent 14 hours emptying 36 tins of spray-paint on the white walls of the Brunswick which is changing its image.
While it will still cater for the city metal scene, the Park Road venue will also host a “full spectrum” of musicians – from drum and bass DJs to reggae bands.
Shivvy Archer, back of house manager, said: “The first reason we are doing this is because we are trying to get away from the idea this is just a heavy metal pub.
“And the other is because we are trying to spearhead graffiti art for Gloucester because there is no other pub in the city that has done this before.”
Bar supervisor Ray Harland said: “Essentially, our tagline here is ‘bistro bar for the creative minded’. We have a heavy metal crowd which is loyal but they can’t drink every weekend – variety is the way forward.”
The pub’s beer garden consists of a series of picnic benches adjacent to the pub’s side wall which has now come alive with a series of brightly-coloured mushrooms, a forest and a mystical-looking waterfall.
But the graphics will not stop there. Other “bits of bobs that mean something to Gloucester” will soon emblazon the pub walls, as may a satirical image of the controversial badger cull.
Trix has been working tirelessly at the pub and said: “I am pretty sure I have had heat stroke three days in a row now, mixed with the effects of the fumes.”
The project is part of the Gloucester Paint Jam festival.
The artist Kat O’ Sullivan has been creating upcycled sweaters and clothing for over 20 years. “It seems like anything within my grasp ends up painted a million colors,” she says.
And this statement certainly held true when the artist decided to purchase a home in upstate New York that had been built in 1840. “I just thought it was cute,” explains Sullivan, but “it was the kind of house you would drive by and never notice.”
But once in the hands of the artist and her “creative mayhem” the home quickly began to change.
After a trip to the local paint shop – “give me one of everything!” – Sullivan spent countless hours painting and renovating until the home looked like a psychedelic rainbow complete with oddly shaped windows, eyes and a big mouth.
But “Calico,” as Sullivan calls her home, is an eternal work in progress. “It will only get weirder.”
You can keep up with Sullivan and her psychedelic home on Facebook or on Etsy, where she sells sweaters and tutorials on how to make her sweaters. (via Designboom)
Do you love the idea of enjoying a refreshing drink, several hundred feet under the surface of the ocean?
But without the hassle of actually embarking on a real submarine? Of course you do.
And now, thanks to 6th-Sense Interiors, you can visit The Romanian Sub pub in the Romanian city of Cluj-Napoca
You’ll find torpedoes, radar systems, control panels, periscopes, nautical navigation charts and curved ceilings – everything you’d expect at this submarine-themed bar that lets you enjoy a night out that’s 20,000 leagues under the sea.
It’s all steam punk inspired decor and fun. Make sure you put this spot on your wish list, next time you visit Romania’s second largest city.
Edward Lear Sketches of Parrots Relating to ‘Illustrations of the Family of Psittacidae, or Parrots’ (1832), ca. 1830 (MS Typ 55.9). Houghton Library, Harvard University.
A selection of plates from Lear’s published book can be seen in the following post from 2008: The Parrots.
That book is definitely one of my all-time favourite natural history publications; so I was particularly happy to discover Harvard’s intriguing collection of preliminary sketches and practice lithographs by Lear.