It’s difficult to imagine a simpler symbol, yet it has become one of Britain’s most identifiable emblem. The bar-and-circle Transport for London roundel was designed in 1908 and has not just become a globally recognised commercial transport logo, but also a cultural icon in its own right.
The design of the roundel (which until 1972 was referred to as the bull’s-eye) has been on an incredible journey which is being freshly explored in Logo for London, a beautiful illustrated new book. Published by Laurence King, Logo for London tracks the roundel’s cultural, artistic and social importance over the last hundred years as it became the world’s most well-known symbol for transportation.
Most artistic visions of London’s future have been darkly pessimistic. But this Underground poster painted by Montague B Black in 1926 offered an uncanny – and much more optimistic – view of the modern city.
In 1926, London Underground published a poster painted by Montague B Black, a publicity artist who also created images for Liverpool’s White Star Line, which imagines London in 2026. A golden sky enfolds a cityscape of skyscrapers over which various types of flying machine hover.
Neill Blomkamp, best known Director for movies District 9 & Elysium revealed that he was working on a secret Alien film project that included a returning Sigourney Weaver – the concept art is gorgeous! Unfortunately the project is dead, or was never going to be made in the first place, yes, feel the disappointment!
He uploaded various concept art images onto his Instagram. The first image was of a pissed off Xenomorph Queen and had this caption: “Was working on this. Don’t think I am anymore. Love it though. #alien #xenomorph.” Then he continued to upload a whole lot of beautiful Alien-inspired work onto his account, commenting, “Woulda rocked. Was a mental stroll into the world Ridley Scott created.”
The art seems more like Blomkamp’s personal pitch for an Alien film, and not something a studio pulled from him. Blomkamp even told one Instagram commenter, “Fox never said no.” What could that mean? Did Blomkamp ever actually pitch this to Fox?
Wishing you all a very Happy New Year from London town! Here’s to a bloody gorgeous 2015!
For eight years, London-based photographer James Burns has used the capital’s rooftops as a point from which to capture stunning images of the skyline.
Entitled ‘London from the Rooftops‘ James began the project in 2006 and received many positive reviews.
The images are incredible. Whether it be a full moon above Battersea Power Station, or the Shard arising from the clouds, various weather conditions have provided Burns with ideal opportunities for spectacular scenery images.
Reflecting on his work this year, Burns told The Independent that “interesting skies” and a mixture of weather had led to him producing some of his best work. He said: “The reason for the great images this year is simple; we have had some very interesting skies. We have had a good variety of weather from clear skies, to thick fog, and lots of great storms, not to mention the supermoons. The only thing we haven’t had is snow.”
The Shard is celebrating the festive period with ‘Shard Lights’, a spectacular light installation that will reinforce the building’s status as a beacon for London. Created by award-winning art collective, Jason Bruges Studio, ‘Shard Lights’ will occupy the highest 40 storeys of The Shard.
Each evening from Friday 19 December a different show will use beacons, smoke machines, LED panels and projections at the top of the 300m building in central London. There’s a variety of effects being planned, with a different display every night, from 5pm-midnight to celebrate the festive season.
Jason Bruges, the installation artist behind the show, said:
The odd few people who happen to be about and have seen it have reacted with whoops of delight. I’m looking forward to seeing people’s reaction. We’re going to have effects that run across those 40 storeys that will ripple and rotate while the building sparkles and glimmers. Big search lights are going to frame the building by pointing straight up and then going out laterally and at 45 degrees to create different shape around the top of the spire.
The major art installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red at the Tower of London, marked one hundred years since the first full day of Britain’s involvement in the First World War. Created by ceramic artist Paul Cummins, with setting by stage designer Tom Piper, 888,246 ceramic poppies progressively filled the Tower’s famous moat between 17 July and 11 November 2014. Each poppy represented a British military fatality during the war.
The poppies encircled the iconic landmark, creating not only a spectacular display visible from all around the Tower but also a location for personal reflection. The scale of the installation was intended to reflect the magnitude of such an important centenary and create a powerful visual commemoration.
I visited the Tower Poppies twice, once in August, half way to its 888, 246 Poppy target and again in November when they had finished – the sight was both stunning and moving.
In the latest leak from the upcoming and hugely anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII we have a large array of concept art images. A few familiar faces, and masks – Darth Vader, Stormtroopers, Chewie to name a few. Then we have some stunning locations as well as Tie Fighters, Star Destroyers and much more. Check out the gallery below:
London Underground have unveiled a new design for its Tube Trains that will be running on the Bakerloo, Central, Piccadilly and Waterloo & City Lines from 2022. One of the biggest changes is that the new trains will be driverless, 100% fully automated. Initially however they will have operators, because the signalling and other sections of the track aren’t quite up to date yet. This essentially means Tube Drivers have striked themselves out of their own jobs.
Another crazy addition is that there’s no separate carriages, meaning all the trains will be just one long space. “One of the things that will be happening in the lifetime of this train will be platform doors, which you can already see on the Jubilee line, and those will be rolled out in the coming years,” Paul Priestman, one of the designers, told Dezeen. “So on this particular train we’ve been able to make the doors bigger.”
They will also have air con, which is basically just lovely. Also, this image proves that CGI mock-ups can even make air-con vents look futuristic. The contract to build the new trains will be signed in 2016, with the first due to enter service on the Piccadilly line in 2022.
The eruption of Mount Tavurvur volcano on August 29th, 2014. Captured by Phil McNamara.