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Sweet Simple Old Place

September 17, 2016
by the gentle author

Contributing Photographer Sarah Ainslie braved the rain at St Katharine’s Precinct in Limehouse yesterday to record the installation of the new mural by Robson Cezar, King of the Bottletops, entitled SWEET SIMPLE OLD PLACE which is to be unveiled today at 3pm. Titled with a quote by William Morris and made from sixteen thousand bottletops supplied by East End pubs, especially The Golden Heart and The Carpenters Arms, this enormous work was commissioned by Bow Arts and The Royal Foundation of St Katharine. All are welcome to attend this afternoon’s event and the mural can be viewed at St Katharine’s Precinct thereafter.

Photographs copyright © Sarah Ainslie

St Katharine’s Precinct, Butcher Row, Limehouse, E14 8DS

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11 Responses leave one →
  1. September 17, 2016

    LOOKING AT THE MOST UNUSUAL MEANS OF GRAPHIC REPRESENTATION OF A CHURCH WINDOW? THIS IS AN IDEA SOME OF THE TEENAGERS IN OUR VERY POOR TOWN MIGHT COME UP WITH, BUT RIGHT NOW TOO BUSY THEY ARE WITH FOOTBAL. THE WORK IN THE PHOTOS GIVES FOLKS/PEOPLE AN OPPORTUNITY TO VIEW ART MODERNISTIC TECHNIQUES WITH HISTORICAL QUOTES OF WM MORRIS AND OTHER ITEMS OR REPRESENTATIONS OF HISTORICAL IMPORTANT- BOTTLE CAPS GOOD IDEA AND WELL DONE PRESENTATION. ATK

  2. September 17, 2016

    Wonderful art, well done Robson, this is a masterpiece! Valerie

  3. September 17, 2016

    Thank you for this wonderful post. I so enjoyed seeing the creativity of Robson Cezar and learning the back story of this project. ( The Morris quote, the provenance of the bottle caps, etc.) And I especially loved the photo of the artist holding up his maquette/sketch…..To me, this photo captured so much. The tenacity of the artist to begin a project, envision it, and see it through — no easy task, I suspect. I imagined many other preliminary sketches, sudden inspirations, revisions, measurements, scribbled notes — and longed to see a whole dossier of these more-spontaneous documents. The photos of the stalwart workers and then the completed row of panels: Excellent! The topic of murals is having a bit of a revival here in the US also — Vassar College in New York State is hosting “Celebrating Heroes, American Mural Studies, 1930-1940″, etc. Congratulations to the Artist, and everyone who helped — and thank you for allowing us to be the cheering section for this life-affirming installation. Bravo!

  4. Libby Hall permalink
    September 17, 2016

    Lovely!! Congratulations to the King of the Bottletops!

  5. pauline taylor permalink
    September 17, 2016

    Bravo from me too, I enjoy seeing the art work created from the bottle tops, and it’s recycling isn’t it, so well done!!

  6. September 18, 2016

    looks fantastic – very celebratory and fun

  7. September 18, 2016

    Mr Cezar is an extraordinary artist. What a stroke of genius to work with bottle tops, preserve the environment and create beautiful graphic images. It looks so simple (but it isn’t). I still can’t work out how he does it working purely with bottle tops. Well done to the pubs for supplying this sublime artist with his raw materials!

  8. Jessica Cezar permalink
    September 18, 2016

    Que lindo seu trabalho, é maravilhoso, gostaria de poder vê-lo melhor como não é possível estou admirando aqui do meu país. Quero lhe desejar muita força e saúde para que vc possa fazer muito mais! Xoxo

  9. September 18, 2016

    I like the way everyone is concentrating really carefully – or smiling happily, just the right way to respond to this colourful artwork. thanks. S. Berris

  10. carolyn permalink
    September 18, 2016

    Simply delightful! What a creative man……

  11. Carlos Alberto permalink
    September 20, 2016

    Muito bom trabalho do artista e da reportagem feita pela Spitafields life que documentou os detalhes finais na elaboração deste Belo trabalho do Robson que muito valorizou e certamente despertara a atenção e interesse pela OBRA PRIMA

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