Ivan Aivazovsky, View of the Sea by Moonlight (1878)
“Ivan Aivazovsky was a famous Russian artist specializing in seascape and landscape portraits. He was born into the family of a destitute Armenian merchant in the Crimean city of Feodosia on 17 July 1817. At the time of Aivazovsky’s birth the city was devastated after a recent war and was still suffering from the consequences of a plague epidemic that had affected the region in 1812.” - Russiapedia
This was one of the many super-cool things about the Olympics: Golden Steps - an arts installation for Camden, done by the theatre/arts group Stan’s Cafe. This one in particular - at the Euston Station - was the absolute coolest, because you don’t get much cooler than footprints of Usain Bolt’s winning 100m run in Beijing. As you can imagine, much fun was had - the first photo was taken at the beginning of the run (hence the dumb “more than half way in!” pose), the second is what it looks like once he’s got his stride on - for comparison, I’m 5’4”. The best thing, obviously, was trying to jump the distance between the prints (to variations of “Go Usain!” from the people walking past) and, surprise surprise, failing miserably. Oh Usain, those legs…
… ANYWAY (concentrate concentrate), they’re mostly gone now, because of recent road works, but the odd foot print is still visible here and there.
A few more pics of Stan’s Cafe’s Golden Steps installations can be found here.
Defenestration, a public art installation of furniture being chucked out windows at 6th and Howard.