The Umbrian Google Alphabet
Google shots that resemble the alphabet
Some time ago, I read about a graphic designer who created his own alphabet from close up satellite images taken off Google Earth’s program. This struck me as a fun and imaginative project for the obsessive.
So for a couple of days I set about scouring the Umbrian countryside searching for letters in the landscape. Some shapes proved more difficult than others to identify but eventually I isolated the whole Umbrian Landscape Alphabet.
If nothing else it shows just what lovely green countryside visitors to Umbria can enjoy and allow you the edited highlights of the attractive scenery around abouts.
Try it for yourself and discover the letters in the landscape around your neighbourhood.
Found objects 10′ x 15′ (Not for Sale)
Art doesn’t always have to be about the hard graft and technique. Sometimes it’s at its best when there is a spontaneity and fun in creations. This was exactly a case in point when around 2002, I went out for the day with my sister-in-law, Sally walking along the beach at Monk Nash.
We discovered a piece of washed up metal stuck in the sand and set about building a fish. Collecting rock, stones, pebbles and sticks we soon made our “Beached Fish”. While most definitely not a ground breaking piece of art, it was one that gave us immense entertainment and we were sure that during the day it brought a smile to those who saw it.
Art doesn’t have to sell in the Tate for millions for it to have meaning. Sometimes half the enjoyment is in the making and this is one of my most favourite pieces.