Two interesting and rather heartening pieces of information on Art today. The first is the winner of the Turner Prize - an annual award of £25,000. Richard Wright, at forty nine near to the upper age limit for entry, no longer paints on canvas but paints his highly original but transitory paintings on to walls and ceilings on the understanding that they will later be removed.
He says, "My work is not for the future, it is for now." His latest work, and the one that bagged him the prize is a huge wall of abstract mural in an intricate gold-leaf design and two much smaller red designs painted above an opposite doorway. Congratulations go to him for such a beautiful piece of work and such a change from recent winners.
The other piece of artistic news I read today concerns something which has literally sprung up overnight outside the Old Vic theatre in Waterloo.
Thirty pencil cypress trees - all potted - have sprung up in a makeshift forest. They are surrounded by a box shaped hoarding with life-sized images of larger trees. Passers by are encouraged to stroll between the trees and imagine they are in a forest - this is helped by mirrored backdrops.The display is an effort to help city dwellers think about the issues of deforestation. Over the Christmas period children will be encouraged to hang their home made decorations in the trees and in January it will be the venue for a dance performance.
They will be there until the end of February when they will be dispersed and planted in various neighbourhood green spaces. What a refreshing idea.
If you wish to read more about either of these two stories go to day's Times on line.