Wednesday, 11 May 2016

At The Lightbox in Woking on a rainy day.

I'm kicking myself; we had two glorious sunny days over the weekend and we were either doing chores or I was too tired to do anything.

This week is all rain and it's too late to go anywhere. At the end of this week it's my last Chemo session so I'm more than fed up..

So, on a miserable rainy afternoon we went to Woking;

That's the rather dirty and tired looking fighter jet from outside the cinema. Woking used to be a centre of the aerospace industry although it's now trying to reinvent itself for a new century. It's a centre for new flats and offices these days.

There is some public sculpture - I liked this;

They are celebrating the 150th anniversary of H.G.Wells birth this year - the author and early socialist. This is a sculpture of one of the alien war machines from "War of the Worlds".

Scary stuff!

Here's the plaque; 

We wandered through the shops to get to 'The Lightbox', which I haven't been to before.

It's a modern, light, local art gallery.

Actually I want to go in about a fortnight when there's a good exhibition of modern art from the Chris Ingrams Collection but we were there today!

S, I guess we went to an art gallery when there wasn't anything we wanted to see.

They had a small room of local artists work.

This is Forbes Moores piece;

And Juliet Renny's "Old Harry's Rocks".

Ironically, I've been to Swanage four or five times and never seen "Old Harry" yet - it's a sea stack.

The Lightbox is a real asset and we hope to come back soon.

I really enjoyed Ralph Brown's depiction of Smithfield meat porter's.

I worked at Smithfield, in the off market meat trade for three long, hard years. This captures a vanishing world.

It was also designed to be public art in Stevenage - a post war 'New Town' which took people way from the old East End - working class people familiar with this kind of life.

It represents an aspect of 1950's optimism and celebration of peoples lives that is completely missing these days.

This is one of the original sketches for the sculpture;

The description of the work used the word 'Visceral', which sums up the meat trade for those who aren't familiar with it.

We clearly need to make trips to towns to check out the disabled parking because I ended up parking a long way away, not realising there were spaces much nearer.

By this time I was pretty shattered and had to have a sit down to get over it.

We had a coffee and a chat....lots of laughter.

And a look around the shop;

Neil Harris
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