Weight and Stuff Report – 4 January 2012

Down a wee bit today, which is nice to see. I walked to work again today, finding it to be a wee bit less windy than yesterday[1]. It seems the Garmin app has got over its new year hangover, and it did its job properly today:

Walk to work

Walk to work

I decided to have another walk at lunchtime, taking another one of those loops around the city centre, this time passing between bits of Northumbria University that didn’t exist last time I was in that vicinity:

Lunchtime Walk

Lunchtime Walk

I’m feeling generous this evening, so I’m going to give you two pictures. This is part of the legal graffiti wall behind the Sage. There’s some really good work on show there, and in my not particularly humble opinion, it’s more interesting art than can generally be found in the nearby Baltic. I particularly liked this:

Brasilia of the North East

Brasilia of the North East

This refers to T Dan Smith‘s 1960s vision of transforming Newcastle into, as it says here “the Brasilia of the North”. Parts of this came about, most of it didn’t, and some of what did come about didn’t work out that well in the long run. But looking at this as art, I’m impressed. Take a closer look at the face:

T Dan Smith

T Dan Smith

If you click for the bigger version, you’ll see that the face emerges from a pattern of swirls. Walking around the piece, I found that the face seemed to drift in and out of visibility, which may be an indication of the artist’s technique, or possibly a sign that my varifocals were getting confused. Good work, anyway, and I suggest a visit to the location.

[1] Though as I type this, the wind is definitely back in full force. It’s gusting quite aggressively out there