Tetsujin 28-go statue, Kobe, Japan If you were around in the 1960s – or if you’re a fan of vintage comics – you might know the story of Gigantor, a huge flying robot controlled by a 12-year-old boy with a remote control. Gigantor was the international version of a Japanese anime called Tetsujin 28-go (not ...
Belgrade street art Look to the streets and they will tell you the pulse of the city. On the walls, on poles, on electricity boxes, are the stories of the people. These stories are not told in words – these are tales of the visual. For in the art of Belgrade you can find the ...
Dick Bruna House, Utrecht, The Netherlands Who would have thought that such a simple design would prove to be so popular for so long? Miffy is a rabbit – that is clear from immediately looking at her. But you might not realise that she is the world’s most successful rabbit, at the head of a ...
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands I stare at the collection of hangars and ropes with confusion. This is supposedly the coat rack for the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam but I can’t seem to work it out. It’s not until one of the museum staff comes over and explains it that it ...
Bonsai art, Japan It’s odd. Normally the idea of growing a tree is to make it as large as possible. Or, at least, allow its potential to fill the space available. It seems counterintuitive to intentionally try to stunt the development of a plant, to twist its branches and manipulate its growth in such a ...
Cap de Creus Natural Park, Spain Sometimes there are minds you can’t even imagine comprehending, imaginations seemingly too warped to understand, things that seem to be but exist only when you’re imagining them. Imagination – it comes from somewhere. Perhaps it comes from inspiration. That makes sense, doesn’t it? There needs to be a spark ...
Monastery at Daphni, Athens Piece by piece, tiny tile by tiny tile, the monastery at Daphni is being restored. It’s taken years and it’s bound to take years more – perhaps even longer than it took to build in the first place. Such is the art of making something old look old again. And it’s ...
Tactual Museum for Blind, Athens Imagine what it’s like to travel to the most famous tourist sites in the world but to not be able to see them. What it would be like to stand in front of the greatest artworks of human times but not be able to appreciate them. To try to understand ...
Philadelphia street art There’s something cool about street art at the best of times, but especially when you’re a tourist. There’s something about the installations in public areas that says a lot about a city. The artwork represents the thoughts of the inspired, using symbols to tell the true tale of the place. And it’s ...
Mosaics in Ravenna, Italy Luca Barberini places the small piece of marble into place carefully but with the ease of an experienced artist. He reaches for another as he chats with me, the motions as natural as breathing. Centuries have passed since the first mosaic makers of Ravenna but the tradition lives on – right ...