BAPTISTE DEBOMBOURG

Some shots of different pieces of work by BAPTISTE DEBOMBOURG. Thanks to BUMBUMBUM for directing me to the work.

I think I love 90% of work that relates to architecture, the built environment, installation art, urban environments, text, interventions, etc. This stuff seems to tick all the boxes… What do you think? I’d like to start using my blog as a means of generating discussion, critical or otherwise, so use the comments if you have anything you’d like to say!

CHERNOBYL

I just read an amazing account of an author’s [Henry Shukman] exploration of ‘Europe’s strangest wildlife refuge, an enchanted postapocalyptic forest from which entirely new species may soon emerge.’

For anyone interested in Chernobyl, wildlife, subversive spaces, architecture, or even psycho-geography and art, this is a must read.

I saw the link on Twitter thanks to bldgblog << who you should follow if you're not already.

Find the text HERE, and let me know what your thoughts on it are.

flats at Chernobyl exclusion zone

Photo thanks to Pedro Moura Pinheiro.

DESIGNING

I’ve come to realise I’m just not very good at regularly updating my blog. So I’m thinking now that something short and sweet, more frequently, is better than one fat update, hardly ever. (Or indeed no updates at all).

I’ve been busy designing some men’s jewellery, which is now being made. Exciting! In fact, I’m really excited about this project and can’t wait to show you all what I’ve been working on.

I’m working with LUKE ANTHONY, a great bloke who makes jewellery. You should check out his SITE too because his own range is top. It’s actually so good that it has been featured in this month’s (March) issue of VOGUE mag. Special or what!

SHEFFIELD SHOWCASE

After a meeting with Sheffield City Council I’ve been given the go-ahead for a new piece of work.

It’s part of their Sheffield Showcase scheme.

It is technically an exhibition, but it will have to be viewed through an unused shop’s window. So some might call it a display. Anyway, the idea of the scheme is to generate footfall around a more run down area of the city centre. It also lets students training for an award in Visual Merchandising get some much needed hands on experience of dressing windows and working with artists/designers/etc. The scheme is currently under scrutiny from the Council and talks are underway about whether to cut it’s funding (cheers Conservatives!).

The area in question is SEVENSTONE << Check out that site for info about what is planned. Though it's unlikely to go ahead anymore.

With this in mind I'll be putting my work up around the middle of March this year. Keep checking back for updates, and as ever, get in touch if you've got some feedback.

Sevenstone Site in Sheffield (proposed development)