Category Index
Books About Big Art
  • A Life of Picasso: The Triumphant Years, 1917-1932
    A Life of Picasso: The Triumphant Years, 1917-1932
    by John Richardson
  • Sarah Lucas: A Catalog Raisonné
    Sarah Lucas: A Catalog Raisonné
    by Yilmaz Dziewior, Sarah Lucas
  • Grayson Perry
    Grayson Perry
    by Jacky Klein
  • Hendrik Kerstens (English and Dutch Edition)
    Hendrik Kerstens (English and Dutch Edition)
    by Pim Milo, Kathy Ryan
  • David Hockney: A Bigger Picture
    David Hockney: A Bigger Picture
    by Marco Livingstone, Margaret Drabble, Tim Barringer, Xavier Salomon, Stuart Comer, Martin Gayford
  • Vernon Ah Kee: Born in this Skin
    Vernon Ah Kee: Born in this Skin
    by Robert Leonard, Anthony Gardner, Aileen Moreton-Robinson, Blair French, Glenn Barkley
  • Yayoi Kusama
    Yayoi Kusama
    by Midori Yamamura, Jo Applin, Yayoi Kusama
  • Henry Moore: From the Inside Out; Plasters, Carvings, Drawings
    Henry Moore: From the Inside Out; Plasters, Carvings, Drawings
    Prestel Publishing
  • Wall and Piece
    Wall and Piece
    by Banksy
  • Mark Rothko
    Mark Rothko
    by Mr. Jeffrey Weiss
  • Louise Bourgeois
    Louise Bourgeois
    by Robert Storr, Paulo Herkenhoff
  • Damien Hirst
    Damien Hirst
    by Ann Gallagher
Join the Big Picture

A blog that aims to spark thoughts and inspire by seeking out and sharing works of art

Historically, artists have always worked big, and nowadays those boundaries are being pushed to the limits.

Large-scale art, whether in the form of photos from the Hubble space telescope, sharks floating in tanks of formaldehyde, rooms full of dots, concrete sculptures cast from Victorian buildings or hand knitted blankets wrapped around trees, large-scale art is all around us. Join the Big Picture aims to spark thoughts and inspire by seeking out and sharing these works.

All content by Karla Thompson, an ex-pat Aussie living in East London. When not working on Join the Big Picture she is part of the backbone to the Leonhard Pfeifer brand.

Read an interview about Join the Big Picture here.


Karla Thompson
Creative Partner




Detail of Yarn Bombing UK

Entries in London (27)


Banksy in Covent Garden for Christmas

Oh there is nothing like a bit of Banksy to get you in the christmas spirit. Shop shop shop, drink drink drink. Banksy is wise and is watching us. Beware.


Blue Trees in London

Blue skies, fluffy white clouds, sunshine and blue trees. Lovely London, you can be quite a joy to return to, sometimes.

Blue Trees in London by Konstantin Dimopoulous for independent charity 'Trees for Cities'
Sponsored by Bloomberg.

Created by environmental artist Konstantin Dimopoulos, Blue Trees in London was part of the 20th birthday celebration festival for 'Trees for Cities', an independent charity who simply love trees and want to plant them worldwide. Nice

These wonderfully blue trees – painted the kind of ultramarine blue that Yves Klein was fond of – have lifted the spirits of many a passer by around the outskirts of St Paul’s Cathedral Festival Garden this summer. Interestingly, the artist has linked this work to German artist, Joseph Beuy’s 7000 Oaks regenerative social art project of the 1980s.  I guess I have never really understood Beuy's work, especailly when he starts getting all mathematical (eek!) so greatly admire anyone who can.

"The colour and the Tree come together to transform and affect each other; the colour changing the Tree into something surreal, something out of this world, speaking of the importance of trees in our urban environment."

A note from Trees for Cities - A biologically-safe, water-based colourant that has been specifically developed for this project is used in this artwork.  It has been in use since 2005 with no risk to trees, wildlife, humans or waterways.


Hanh/Cock by Katharina Fritsch

German artist Katharina Fritsch’s 15-foot ultramarine chicken sculpture is the 4 plinth to reside in Trafalgar Square.

Titled Hanh/Cock and modelled from a French cockerel, the bird sculpture will be in the square for 18 months.

The giant blue rooster in London's Trafalgar Square.
Picture: Andy Rain




Mr Brainwash

A 25 foot gorrila, made from sliced tyres at Design Junction preview at the old sorting office, London, by Mr Brainwash

Me and the gorilla. Grrrr....

Like most people I first heard of Mr Brainwash, aka MBW, aka Thierry Guetta when watching Banksy's Oscar-nominated 2010 documentary (mockumentary?) Exit through the Gift Shop.

And like most people, my friends, husband and I thought about the idea that Mr Brainwash was a creation of Banksy, maybe Bansky himself or perhaps Banksy’s greatest work so far. But not being a huge fan of Mr Brainwash’s work, thoughts of these questions have not been keeping me awake at night.

Not a huge fan of MBW? Hmm, perhaps I was mistaken.

Like most people in London I went to the recent Design Junction exhibition as part of London’s Design Festival, and like most people who were on the so-called VIP guest list, it seemed every man woman and baby were wanting to get into the late night show. After queuing for ages, walking up many steps and looking at an astonishing array of beautiful furniture, at the end of the evening the only photos I had taken were of a 25 foot gorilla made of sliced tyres wielding a pink paintbrush.

No-one at the event knew who was responsible for the installation, but it turns out to be left over from Mr Brainwash’s recent show in September, at the same location.

After doing a bit of secret squirreling on the internet, I found out that he was also responsible for another bit of large street art that I had recently liked, and photographed.

So, I will have to retract my previous smug statement about not being a fan of Mr Brainwash’s work. Which has started me thinking about Banksy, MBW and whether I too have been ‘suckered’ in to all of this street-art-hype - like most people  - and trust me, that is a question that will keep me awake for a night or two.

Work by Mr Brainwash - The old sorting office, London - September 2012.


Under The Baobab

Another wonderful piece of public artwork at Southbank for the Festival of the World #FOTW. Under The Baobab is a skyscraping structure made from recycled fabrics and part of a collaboration of London based students. 

The whole of southbank has been fantastic for both kids and adults alike.

"The oldest living specimen in Africa, the baobab tree has long been a symbol for community gatherings and mediation. For Festival of the World, a colossal baobab tree has sprung up at Southbank Centre. The sculpture is made from stacks of fabric rings using material from around the globe. Created by Pirate Technics with help from 30 Masters students of Textile Design at Chelsea College of Art and Design, the fabrics represent their communities of origin, so each ring tells a story. Our baobab tree is 15 metres tall and celebrates global creativity and diversity."