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 RaisonnĂ©
    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 Pezo von Ellrichshausen (1)


Sensing Spaces

Walking around the Royal Academy on any day is like stepping into a foreign land for me. I go to a lot of galleries and spend a lot of time in galleries, and to be quite honest, love most galleries I go to. How can you not. They are always full of past and current art loves - and all hold the possibility of a future art love.

Walking into the Royal Academy is like opening the door to a strange land, a land populated by people who look like they have just smelt something quite repulsive and who are constantly surprised to see other people.

Add into this already crazy atmosphere an exhibition on architecture and you get a lot of cheek puffing, head shaking and looks of puzzlement. The most overheard questions of the day were “.. I see, but where is the art?” and “Do I have to climb those stairs?”

We enjoyed climbing a lot of stairs, adding to an instillation with brightly coloured straws, exploring dark spacess and crunching lots of stones under our feet. Not a painting in sight but plenty to stimulate your senses and inspire your imagination.

Anyone young at heart will love it.

Pezo von Ellrichshausen Blue Pavillion

  • 35 spiral steps
  • 60 metre enclosed ramp
  • Untreated pine board, steel handrail
  • 206 components, prefabricated in Chile 2103
  • Assembled in London 2014


Straws by Diebedo Francis Kere

  • Polypropylene honeycomb panels, plywood, plastic coloured straws
  • Contains 1,867 uniquely connected honeycomb panels

“For me, Architecture is primarily about people, about asking questions…”


Kengo Kuma Dark room 01-03

  • 4mm diameter whittled bamboo sticks infused with aromas
  • Hinoki wood scent – a species of cypress tree native to Japan
  • Tatami scent – tatami mats are traditionally made of rice straw


Royal Academy
Sensing Spaces
Architecture Reimagined

Until April 06 2014