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 Tower of London (2)


Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red

An installation in the Moat of the Tower of London
5 August - 11 November 2014

Remembrance Day - 11 November, 2014

Marking one hundred years since the first full day of Britain’s involvement in the First World War, ceramic artist Paul Cummins has progressively filled the Tower of London’s moat with 888,246 ceramic poppies - each poppy representing a British military fatality during the war.

Each poppy has been hand placed into the moat, eventually encircling the iconic landmark, creating a spectacular display visible from all around the Tower. Amazingly, all the poppies have been sold with the money going to a select number of charities.

After our initial disappointment (due to a communication error – our 6 year old thought the moat was going to be filled with thousands of PUPPIES – which would have been a spectacular sight to see too, though some what harder to manage) we enjoyed the sea of red and talked about the idea of Remembrance Day and who it was that we were remembering. Our 6 year old really took on the idea, and proudly wore her poppy to school today.

Thinking of those who the poppies represent today on Remebrance Day 2014





Royal Beasts - at the Tower

The Tower of London is currently home to a wonderful collection of life size animal sculptures created by artist Kendra Haste as part of their Royal Beasts exhibition, to help illustrate the past history of the Tower of London and the animals that once lived there in The Royal Menagerie.

Founded during the reign of King John in the early 1200s, The Royal Menagerie was home to animals such as lions, baboons, elephants and polar bears for over 600 years.

Kendra Haste was awarded a commission by Historic Royal Palaces in 2010 to create thirteen sculptures to help tell the story of the exotic animals that were kept at the Tower, providing entertainment and spectacle for visitors.

The life size sculptures, fabricated out of galvanised wire, are both solid yet translucent; creating an almost ghostly apparition of the spirits of majestic animals kept chained in the tower for curiosity and amusement.



There is more information about The Royal Menagerie on the Tower of London's website and whilst there, you can also vote for your favourite animal from the exhibition

The polar bear got my vote.