Sunday, July 31, 2011

July 2011 London: The Serpentine Pavilion and The Festival of Britain 60th anniversary

It's 60 years since the Festival of Britain and the South Bank has been recreating some flavours of the event - there is an excellent museum of '51 (well worth visiting whether you recall the original event or not), and they have installed some lovely reminders of the period. A beach from Southend-on-Sea (complete with old posters) and the flagpole symbol.

Rullsenberg by the flowers at the 'beach'

Flagpole of '51

They've also marked the spot of the much lamented (and lost) Skylon. Such a shame that the iconic item of the festival has been lost to history...

The flower theme of the Southbank beach also appeared at the latest Serpentine Pavilion. Although the building itself is architecturally thrilling than usual (a black box enclosing the cloistered garden inside), the planting of the garden is wonderful.

Rullsenberg with stipey bag in the cloister garden of the Serpentine Pavilion 2011

Lots of lovely things to see!

1 comment:

chrissie_allen said...

Nice pics...again and it looks and sounds a pretty enjoyable event.
Anything involving a Southend beach and I'm in ;-)