Keith Haring in Melbourne

Keith Haring was an artist whose graffiti became famous in New York in the 1980’s. He took his distinctive style to cities around the world, making him possibly the worlds first celebrity street artist. Haring visited Australia in 1984 and his mural at the Collingwood Technical School in Melbourne is one of the largest surviving […]

Where I’m At: August, 2010 – Essen

On the trail of artists and architects in Germany From Budapest I took a flight to Weeze in the West of Germany. It worked out much cheaper to do this than to fly directly to Amsterdam, which was my next stop. Flying to Weeze kept my remarkable run of visits to Germany intact, and it […]

Rotterdam Santa Claus: The most offensive public art in Europe?

The Netherlands is famous for being a liberal country, but this public art in Rotterdam could be the most offensive in Europe. The statue is of a giant Santa Claus holding a butt plug. It was created by the American installation-artist Paul McCarthy and it represents a symbol of modern consumerism. I’m not a Christian […]

Cool art project of a Melbourne tram decorated as a Karachi bus

The W-11 is the name of the bus route in Karachi, Pakistan, where the buses are ornately decorated by the bus owners. As part of Festival Melbourne2006, which was running during the 2006 Commonwealth Games, a team of Karachi vehicle decorators have transformed a regular Melbourne tram into a W-11 Karachi style mini-bus. The W-11 […]