Street Painting on London’s South Bank

Street painting South Bank along the River Thames

On our stroll down the South Bank of the River Thames, we saw a variety of street performances. Apparently, London and the South Bank have quite a reputation for street art and there are sanctioned spaces for doing street art, as there are in other cities throughout the world. Here, the artists are recreating Sandro Botticelli’s two paintings “The Birth of Venus” and “La Primavera.” A small note at the gratuity basket indicates this represented 6 weeks of work.

The representation is a mirror opposite of Botticelli’s, as his original canvases had Venus facing the opposite direction with the wind god Zephyr on her right rather than left. Primavera was also featured opposite, with the three graces and Mercury (pictured on the right of the canvas in above picture) on her other side. In order not to have to stand on your head, I rotated the views so you can see the work right side up. We were walking on an elevated area of the Bank, looking down at their work.

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4 Responses to Street Painting on London’s South Bank

  1. socialbridge says:

    Love the play with the images.

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  2. Betty says:

    Aren’t these amazing? Are they permanent or semi-permanent? I have not seen street painting. I have seen impressive sidewalk chalk art, sand sculptures and ice sculptures. The colors and the work on this street painting are quite impressive.

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    • Suzassippi says:

      They were indeed! I am not certain, but I think they used a canvas, and it appeared to be acrylics in her dish. I actually looked for any additional information, and both acrylics and chalk pastels are used.

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