Monday, 11 April 2011

Accidental Art 1


I don't know how big, or little, this series might be,or indeed how soon the next one will appear. But this is the first, a remarkable find pointed out to me on the 30mph sign painted last year on an approach road into Hallaton in Leicestershire. A stray leaf from a nearby ash tree had obviously landed on the road, and the sign maker just covered it over with his thick white paint. Rain, salt and tyre scuffing did the rest, until the leaf finally disappeared, leaving its ghost made from the tarred surface. So of course I'm now out there seeing if it's happened elsewhere, dodging the traffic and not for the first time on my hands and knees in the middle of the road.

14 comments:

Murgatroyd said...

Ooh, I'll keep my eyes peeled too. What a delightful thing to find!
Enjoyed the stirring stick lion too.

Philip Wilkinson said...

How wonderful. Doulton did a series of pots decorated a bit like this, by applying real leaves, which were then removed, leaving an impression in the soft clay. Natural Foliage Ware it was called, and had a very autumnal feel.

CarolineLD said...

Very classy! Where I live, there are some chips petrified in the pavement...

Peter Ashley said...

Quick, photograph them Caroline!

Wartime Housewife said...

Gorgeous - nature triumphs over man.

Sue said...

I was interested to see this - and hear about the Doulton series as I used this technique for my pottery A-Level many moons ago with apple leaves.

Gawain said...

Almost on topic...

http://www.kentonline.co.uk/kentonline/news/2010/september/24/line-marking_crew_paint_over_d.aspx

Peter Ashley said...

Blimey Gawain. But thankyou.

Jon Dudley said...

Be careful Mr.A! I know they're not 'found art' but seaweed jugs and pots in pubs are wonderful; they're getting rare and it's safer in there than getting down to it on the highway...on second thoughts - as you were.

Peter Ashley said...

Thankyou Jon, but seaweed jugs and pots? That's something I know nothing about, so please do tell.

sophie pine said...

The leaf ghost. I love the sound of that.

killemallletgodsortemout said...

On the A127 at Basildon, the numpties white-lined over a dead badger. Damn! I wish I'd had my camera with me.

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