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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 southbank centre (3)


Grow your own ideas

Roll out the Barrows by The Edible Bus Stop

The Edible Bus Stop's Roll out the Barrows demonstrates the need for green growing spaces in the city as well as the sanctity of green space in public places and is part of the Southbank Centre Festival of Neighbourhood.

The installation is a beautiful zig-zagging assemblage of brightly coloured barrows full to overflowing with flowering vegetable plants, a buzz with city bees busily gowing about their pollination duties.


The Sweepers by Siphshape Arts / Pirate Technics

The Sweepers, two topiray effect figures were inspired by Londoners who swept up the mess created during the 2011 London riots.

Created by Shipshape Arts/Pirate Technics the two figures sit atop the Queen Elizabeth Hall, next to Waterloo Bridge.

The old woman is the familiar figure of any neighbourhood, keeping her doorstep clean and tidy whilst the accompanied by a younger figure mimicking her actions.

Fesitval of Neighbourhood: Grow your own idea is on at Southbank Centre, Waterloo, London.


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."



Wandering around the Hayward Gallery last saturday we saw this work which made me chuckle, though I am unable to find out through good old google whose work this is, and unfortunately did not note it down in our meanderings.

I'm sure the intended message is of this work is one of displacement, or immigration issues or such, but it did make me smile. How often do I feel like this. All ready for a big adventure, only to find that the doors have closed and the plane has left the building. Bummer.

Here is one for size reference.