Steve Lazarides, one time agent to Banksy is responsible for bringing Hell’s Half Acre to the Old Vic Tunnels from the 12 – 17 October 2010. This ground breaking art event, is being held in the warren of tunnels that were recently discovered deep beneath Waterloo station, and are quite littreally going to be turned into hell, as dreamt up by the Italian poet Dante Alighieri.
It consists of series of art installations by a bunch of young and cool artists in the maze of tunnels, which were once home to British Rail storage facilities. This is the kind of art event, where the viewer has the chance to interact with the artwork and really get into the whole vibe of the show. The dark, damp tunnels add to the erie atmosphere creating the perfect setting to view the artwork on display.
Dante’s nine circles of hell will be brought to life, by the artists who will provide their own interpretation, with freedom to reference both Purgatorio and Paradiso from the trilogy of The Divine Comedy. The works exhibited will include paintings, sculptures, video, performance and mixed media installations. It is a subterranean journey into hell as envisaged by a group of young, cutting edge artists, a vision of our hellish society under coalition rule, inspired by Dante’s Inferno.
Tickets are free but you have to sign up to view this at: http://www.hellshalfacre.co.uk/
I like images/artwork that provoke a reaction, especially designs that reflect an unspoken part of society or taboo subject matter. Also the least obvious and most unusual combinations excite me, often when two far removed subjects are pieced together like the butterfly shown here!
Recognizing fear and putting a spin on it is always a great inspiration for imagery- I am shit scared of spiders, to the point where they make me sweat in fear if I’m confronted with one, this street art gets me going, I like the spin of it being taken for a walk by it’s female owner.