09 March 2009

there is beauty in the city



I've been walking round for the last few weeks with a little magnet. It's part of a project initiated by Anna Francis that I first read about on Felix's blog. You have to find something to stick the magnet to when you uncover your beauteous treasure and snap it.

Old favourites appeared. I looked out of my bedroom window at a Hawksmoor Church for years (before the recent prettifying by English Heritage) so no surprise perhaps that the shabbiness of St Alfege's in Greenwich should attract the magnet.
The delicate elegance of the legs of one of the donkeys posing on Blackheath probably captured my imagination because of London Fashion week. Or maybe the fact that I have always fancied an alternative career as the owner of a fleet of donkeys on a sandy beach.

There's homage too to John's mission to beautify schools across the borough, the detritus from plane trees notwithstanding, with his dry gardens.

And just one of thousands of modest little gardens, this one tucked away at the foot of a block of flats near the Regents Canal, hemmed in by a rusty fence and filled with lovely green hellebores. .

There's plenty more beauty in the city. The problem now is I've lost my magnet .

7 comments:

Weeping Sore said...

What a great thing to do! Around here, instead of using a magnetic sign, people would "tag" the object using a stencil and spray paint. But still...

Liz said...

You've convinced me. I'm off to search for beauty in this once heavily industrialised town. I may be some time.

60 Going On 16 said...

Another delightful post to keep me connected to my London roots. I spent the early years of my working life with architects, one of whom told me not to forget to look upwards as I walked around the city. He was right! There is all manner of beauty above eye level.

Looking downwards also revealed the occasional gem: a Victorian coal hole cover, a hidden basement garden . . .

Elizabeth said...

what a cute idea, I think it forces you to look where you may have not looked before :)

Felix said...

Oh I love these... Anna Francis will be delighted to see the project spreading in this way!

The donkey legs are especially beautiful. Such an elegant shape...

Funny, even though I only know you through blog-land, I had a hunch you would enjoy the ethos of the Their is Beauty in the City project, since your whole blog emanates a sensitivity to, and appreciation of, your locale.

Amazing!

PrincessPea said...

It's such a lovely idea for a project! Shame you lost your magnet, but you've inspired me to write off for one of my own.

colleen said...

Thanks all for the encouraging comments - and excited to see that the project is spreading! Look forward to seeing more beauty.