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...if you would be happy all your life, plant a garden ~ Chinese proverb

Saturday, 25 October 2008

Oh What a Circus, Oh What a Show

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I went to Bristol's new temple of consumerism, Cabot Circus yesterday to meet some friends for lunch. The architecture's very striking and even the Christmas decorations are on a gigantic scale. I found myself not dashing round the stores in a shopaholic frenzy, but instead thinking for the first time ever about a striking contemporary garden - containing lots of clean lines with mixed textures and materials.

Most inspiring but probably not what the owners had in mind for me at all.


  1. Truly a child of the planet... you are even repurposing the urban landscape around you! WOOHOO!! Shopping center as art... LOVE IT!

  2. I must say, it does look rather gorgeous.

  3. Collages seem to be the "thing" right now. Your's is quite nice.

  4. What do you mean by "Christmas decorations"????? Already??? noooooooo.....

    Thank you for good wishes for Atomik :)
    Greetings from Poland,

  5. Hi Guyz - thanks for stopping by! They even have an art trail round the new centre, but I found my own :)

    Victoria - I was rather taken by it, but not in the way the store owners meant me to be!

    Debbi - I've seen your collages, so thanks for the compliment :)

    Ewa - I was a bit surprised too. Christmas doesn't hit this household until December. I hope Atomik is getting better.

  6. HMMMM I like!

    Being a bird of an architectural nest, I ADORE clean and slick buildings.

    Tasty mixes of texture, materials, and yes, even movement joints can be sexy.

    Materials are appreciated more when they are contrasted with another, or feature a 'comma' of a movement joint.

    And, inspired by the window in the collage I think I will commission a T-shirt bearing the phrase:

    'please pardon my appearance'

    so apt. xxx

  7. Claire - I'm so glad you took the trouble to look at what was written on the window. Your idea for a tee-shirt is priceless ;)

    I'm in the thick of writing up all the whirling ideas from this visit in my sketchbook. I never thought I would 'get' contemporary gardens. It just shows you need to get the right inspiration first!


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