LYON STREET ART SAFARI

Rivers, Romans and restaurants are what Lyon is famous for but whilst we wandered around discovering all those things we stumbled across some great street art.  So let me take you by the hand and lead you on a Lyon Street Art Safari.

Lyon Street Art Safari

We stepped out from our hotel right by the TGV station and headed towards the centre of town, round the back of the central library we saw this doorway adorned with a large besuited moose by Rauky.

Lyon is at the confluence of two big rivers, the Rhone and Soane.  The banks of the Rhone are perfect for strolling along and enjoying the view over the city, take a close look at the benches and you may be rewarded with seeing some tiny tiles.  I wonder if the tile was square when it was first applied and that the corners have gone as people have tried to remove it or if that was how the artist intended it to look.

Lyon Street Art Safari

The Romans weren’t daft, they occupied the high ground of Lyon with the best views.  In order to get up to see the spectacular amphitheatres we took a funicular train and got off at Minimes and as we walked towards the ruins this witty use of flaking plaster greeted us.  At first I thought it was a dog but realise that it must be an elephant.  What do you think?

Street Art Lyon

We walked back down the hill using a series of steep staircases called Monte des Chazeaux. As we turned the corner we saw this spray painted stencil urging us to drink real coffee.


A little further along these penguins are making the most of the bannister to have fun and slide down to the bottom of the hill.

Lyon Street Art Safari

As we sauntered back along the banks of the Rhone we spotted this seal and kingfisher on one of the pillars of the Pont de la Guillotiere.  How on earth did the artist manage to paint these?  Did they balance on a bobbing boat whilst a friend stopped it from drifting off down stream?  Nearly back to the hotel now, I hope you enjoyed our Lyon Street Art Safari.

We travelled to direct to Lyon from London by Eurostar and stayed just around the corner from the station in an Ibis Styles family room.

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MAT COLLISHAW: THRESHOLDS

Jaw dropping, that is what Mat Collishaw Thresholds is.  Ground breaking, amazing all those words.  Back in 1839 William Henry Fox Talbot presented his photographic prints to the public for the first time at an exhibition at King Edward’s School in Birmingham.  Now using the wonders of virtual reality you can experience that display.

Mat Collishaw Thresholds

First of all you get kitted out with a backpack headset and earphones.   Once that’s all on you feel strangely disorientated unable to see or hear anything.

Then the lovely person who kitted you out in all the tech, murmurs reassuringly to you and leads you up the ramp.  One step over the threshold is the jaw dropping moment.

Anybody looking at you would see a woman in a white room.  What you see is …..

Thresholds, an early test visualisation ©Mat Collishaw
…. this!  Sounds start to play in you ear drawing attention to different corners of the room.  A fire roars in a grate, not only do you see the flames you feel the heat.  Mice run across the furthest reaches of the room.  The vitrines are filled with images in the manner of the early photographs.  As you are in the magic of a virtual world you don’t just peer down through the virtual glass, you can pick the photos up and examine them.

Mat Collishaw, wet colloidal print. Courtesy the artist and Blain|Southern
Thresholds is on show at Somerset House as part of Photo London (you can read more about my visit to Photo London here)  but will stay open until June 11.  You need to be 14 to be able wear all the equipment, I reckon that this has to be the coolest thing to do with teens this half term, the Junior CW’s have tickets.

MAT COLLISHAW: THRESHOLDS
River Rooms, Somerset House
18  – 21 May 2017  open at some time as Photo London
22 May – 11 June 2017 10am – 6pm Saturday – Tuesday, 11am – 8pm Wednesday – Friday
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Admission: £4.50 adults, £3.50 students

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