I thought long about including this item in my PPAC entry for this week. I do like to look at the rules for challenges and stretch them a bit šŸ˜‰ But this one goes beyond the point of stretching and steps outside the basic concept in that it’s not a photograph. Perhaps we need a separate category – SPAC (Screenshot Public Art Challenge) or DPAC (Digital Public Art…). However, I think it’s worth sharing…

This week is ‘Shark Week’ – Something which, I believe , began on Discovery Channel and has been embraced by Shark fans and other lovers of the natural world. To celebrate the occasion, one of my trucking friends and digital artist Si’yann has created a special trailer skin for us to use in the truck simulator games….

…Does that count as public art? Well, unlike my personal trailer skin, this one is available for anyone to download into their game and haul freight with. So it’s public to all who own the SCS Software games. Si’yann christened him ‘Shork’ and he appears on her instagram artists page as an item of digital art rather than a trailer skin – you can take a look at Si’yann’s art here. So, Shork is definitely in the public domain, just not painted on a wall šŸ˜‰

Anyway, hope you liked the art work. Here’s some shots of my Merc hauling Si’yann’s special Shark Week trailer…

Happy Shark Week everyone! šŸ™‚

A day later and also with slightly different content than planned (It rained heavily yesterday so I didn’t do my intended walk). So, for this week’s PPAC I’ve got an example of modern Shona Sculpture from Chapungu Sculpture Park in Harare…

…The Shona people have a tradition of working in stone with the human face often forming a key part of the artwork.

Now something closer to home – about 400yds away! It’s graffiti – but not a very colourful form. Instead, it has something to say…

…The spraycan writing is as bad as my handwriting – which is why I use a keyboard šŸ˜‰ But I believe this transcribes as “Everyone has a chapter they don’t read out loud..” Makes a change from the usual ‘tag’ graffiti and it’s quite thought provoking too šŸ™‚

Back to Sculpture. Here’s a Horse Tamer from Piazza del Quirinale in Rome…

…It is one of a pair in the centre of the square that are believed to represent Castor and Pollux, the Dioscuri. I’m afraid I can’t tell you which one this is! The sculptures are thought to date to the 3rd century AD. You can read more here.

I have another artform to show, but as that will be stretching the guidelines a bit too far, I’m going to show it in a supplemental post šŸ™‚

This week it’s Cee’s turn to host the PPAC so you may want to visit and take a look at her chosen images.

I have a couple of shots from St Pancras Station, the first of which is a piece of public art by Tracey Emin CBE, RA. ‘I want my time with you’ is a call for travellers to stop and take a moment…

…It’s certainly worth stopping to take a look at Barlow’s magnificent trainshed. It was refurbished as part of the rebuilding of St.Pancras station for international services through the channel tunnel, which completed in 2007. Included in the rebuild was restoration of the clock, which had been absent for many years. Here’s a shot showing more of Barlow’s trainshed as it was in the 1980’s…

Away from the railway, but another example of a public work of art hung high above where people walk. The John Lewis store on Oxford Street has this abstract sculpture…

…Titled ‘Winged Figure’, it is the work of Dame Barbara Hepworth and is made of aluminium with steel rods.

Finally, back to the railway and an example of mobile art…

…Graffiti on a passing hopper wagon at Ealing Broadway. Graffiti will probably feature in quite a few posts for this challenge šŸ˜‰