Literary Heritage

This week the photo challenge from the Daily Post is Heritage.

There has been an increase in the popularity of street art in recent years. Not the art of pavement artists, whose work in chalk is washed away by heavy rain, but more permanent art on the walls of buildings.

I have made a few attempts at snapping a scene from Gulliver’s Travels. Shadows cast by neighbouring buildings usually prevent the painting from being seen at its best. However my photo taken in March this year is more evenly lit. The connection between the book and the site of this illustration is that the author, Jonathan Swift, lived in Whitehaven as a young child.

A scene from Gulliver's Travels
A scene from Gulliver’s Travels

A Lego exhibition

I have recently been to two exhibitions of Lego models.  This post is about the exhibition at The Beacon Museum in Whitehaven.  One of my photos appeared in an earlier post for the photo challenge, Fun.

At the Beacon the museum entry includes the Lego exhibition, which continues until 11 September 2016.  For local residents an annual pass is available, but this does not provide entry to special exhibitions such as the Lego one.  Other museums have similar schemes.  If you live in the UK and there is a museum in your local area, why not check whether you could have a pass?

Back to the Lego exhibition:  entitled Brick City, it comprises a good number of buildings and a few pictures.  The centrepiece is a model of St Pancras Station in London.  The detail is amazing.  For the Olympic Games there are two models relating to Rio.  I snapped one of them.  The other is of Rio Carnival.  There are several models of buildings in London, but other European cities also feature, including Rome with its Trevi Fountain.

While visiting the Beacon I also saw a touring exhibition of 3-D printing, which I found very interesting.