Friday, 29 January 2016

Anything is Possible - The Library Birds

I love pens! To write, to draw, to sketch, to doodle with and whenever I visit an art supply shop, stationers or one of those fancy knick knacky gift shops I can never resist having a doodle and buying one or more to add to my collection.  So my favourite flavour of the month pens are a set of 6 Derwent Graphik Line Makers ranging from super-fine 0.05 to a broad 0.8, all just perfect for line drawing in my sketchbook.  

For my inspiration I turned to the ever diminishing Birmingham Central Library, notably the giant birds painted on the side.  Birmingham artist Lucy McLauchlan painted the giant mural called 'Todo Es Posible - Anything is Possible' in 2010.  Her work which is often site specific and on the outside of large buildings has a distinctive bold graphic style with recurring motifs of faces and birds.  The birds here were a reference to the closure of the library in that it is an offense under the Wildlife and Countryside Act of 1981 “to intentionally take, damage or destroy the nest of any wild bird while it is in use or being built. ”

So the birds are still here for now but their days are certainly numbered. Maybe another wake will be held for them before they finally go, similar to the one held at the beginning of last year for the old library building.

I for one will really miss seeing the birds on my way to work so I hope they stick around for just a bit longer before flying the nest and before we say goodbye to them for good.

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