The project entitled, “Art Everywhere” started this week with
wonderful surprises for the Brits! Richard Reed, the innovative
thinker, who started this project, got all the printing costs of the
paintings from the donations of an art loving English population.
There is a Facebook page and there was a donation website also.
So, how does this work? Where can you see it all ? Well, this is so
exciting that over 22,000 areas are featuring 57,000 famous and
not so famous internationally acclaimed artists’ paintings. They
are displayed in all kinds of places where you would normally see an
estimated 5 million dollars worth of advertising. On the UK buses,
on the city billboards, on placard and posters and everywhere art
can be seen!
An art gallery owner was interviewed on the CBS, “This Morning”
show, featured in a clip along with the motivator, Richard Reed.
Reed exclaimed, it would be practically impossible to believe that
the advertisers would give up their spaces, to allow this project to
He did not add or say, that any advertisers contributed to the art
funding but allowing their “billboards to be decorated with art and
not ads, that was fantastic.”
The gallery owner said, (paraphrased due to I was at work, no pen
or pencil and paper close by on break!), ‘although people would expect
me to be snobbish and say this is wrong to use art in this way. I am
going to say this is absolutely wonderful and it helps to allow everyone
to view the masters.’ He further added, that ‘it does not cheapen art
to bring it to the masses.’
I am bringing this idea to my fellow bloggers since I do have some Brits
among them. I would like them to tell us what were their favorite art
pieces they have seen so far and where did they see them?
It was suggested by the newscasters that America should go all out and
display artwork on billboards to uplift, move and educate our population
One of my favorite art pieces that was shown this morning on the television,
“The Lady of Shalott,” was inspired by Lord Alfred Tennyson’s poetry.
It was painted by John William Waterhouse in 1888. This is one of a
series of three paintings done with oil painting on canvas. I like it
because the woman is lying down in a boat that looks like a floating
bed. It is different from most formal paintings showing pillows, her
hair disarrayed, and a lovely comforter or quilt shown make it so
relaxing. It has always soothed my nerves. It was painted during the
Pre-Raphaelite period of Art.
Lord Tennyson, wrote extensively and used a variety of forms of
poetry. The poem, “The Lady of Shalott” was about a woman whose
yearning was for the knight, Sir Lancelot. The poem depicts loosely
this story of unrequited love.
He was known as the Poet Laureate for awhile due to the Queen
enjoying his Victorian style of writing. Lord Tennyson was so well
known he had great number of followers who tended to bother
him wherever he lived. He married in 1850 and had two children
and the family lived out in the countryside. One lengthy poem I
read in high school was Ulysses.