Just like any city worth its weight in culture, London is full of “rubbish,” a silly British-ism for “trash and stuff.” But, England’s capital city is playing host to the Summer Olympics in just over a month, and London needs to make a good impression on the snobbish, critical international press.
To help rid its streets of discarded Dunhill cigarette packs and half-eaten crumpets, London called upon the folks at Proctor & Gamble, who used more than 1,000 Glad trash bags over 10 square miles as part of the “Clean-Up London” campaign. In celebration of the successful cleansing and violent Febreeze-ing of the city, Leo Burnett and Proctor and Gamble are launching an art exhibition today entitled, “Helping London Look Its Best.”
Tapping some of London’s most promising young illustrator and street artists, including Chris Bianchi, who makes an appearance in the time-lapse at the top of the page, the exhibition will run through Sunday, July 2 at Brick Lane Gallery. Catch some of our favorite installations below, and watch similar “Capital Clean-Up” time-lapse videos from other pieces as they’re uploaded here. You knew this was coming: Capital idea, Leo Burnett!
The London Beer Flood happened on 17 October 1814 in the parish of St. Giles, London, England. At the Meux and Company Brewery on Tottenham Court Road, a huge vat containing over 135,000 imperial gallons (610,000 L) of beer ruptured, causing other vats in the same building to succumb in adomino effect. As a result, more than 323,000 imperial gallons (1,470,000 L) of beer burst out and gushed into the streets. The wave of beer destroyed two homes and crumbled the wall of the Tavistock Arms Pub, trapping teenage employee Eleanor Cooper under the rubble.
The brewery was among the poor houses and tenements of the St Giles Rookery, where whole families lived in basement rooms that quickly filled with beer. Eight people drowned in the flood or died from injuries.
The brewery was eventually taken to court over the accident, but the disaster was ruled to be an Act of God by the judge and jury, leaving no one responsible. The company found it difficult to cope with the financial implications of the disaster, with a significant loss of sales made worse because they had already paid duty on the beer. They made a successful application to Parliament reclaiming the duty which allowed them to continue trading.
The brewery was demolished in 1922, and today, the Dominion Theatre occupies a part of the site of the former brewery.
Herrick Gallery is proud to present an exhibition of artists' plates in an exciting variety of shapes, sizes & media transformed into unique artworks especially for the gallery's inaugural show. Private view: Thursday 28th June, 6-9pm Exhibition dates: 29th June - 12th August 2012 Gallery opening times: Saturday & Sunday, 1-6pm or by appointment. List of artists: William Alexander, Frida Alvinzi, Uliana Apatina, Vanya Balogh, Chris Bianchi, Florence Boyd, Robson Cezar, Marlowe Chan-Reeves, Choolips, Cedric Christie, Mat Clum, Angela Cockayne, Darren Coffield, Adam Dant, Christopher Duncan, Paul Duncan, Annabel Elgar, Tessa Farmer, Gordon Faulds, Laura Fishman, Nancy Fouts, Monica Fristedt, Vanessa Fristedt, Maria Teresa Gavazzi, Carolyn Gowdy, Cate Halpin, Mark Hammond, Paul Hazelton, Aly Helyer, Alice Herrick, Alice Hoult, Jimp, Nicholas Jolly, KeelerTornero, Matthew Killick, Flo Kohl, Kate Kotcheff, LEO, Lee Maelzer, Jaakko Mattila, Jonathan McLeod, Jeff McMillan, Hugh Mendes, Reno Miller, Isolde Nash, Tony Nonose, Mark O'Rourke, Simon Ould, Raul Pina, Rose Pomeroy, Hélène Rallo, Max Reeves, Martin Richman, Rodolph de Salis, Paul Sakoilsky, Rebecca Scott, Liam Scully, Lindsay Sekulowicz, Martin Sexton, Jane Simpson, Bob & Roberta Smith, David Spero, Andrew Stanney, Brigitte Stepputtis, Peter Suchin, Geraldine Swayne, Samantha Sweeting, Marty Thornton, Gavin Turk, Raisa Veikkola, Steph von Reiswitz, Jessica Voorsanger, Simon Willems, Mark Woods, Viktor Wynd.