One of the many advantages of having a regular hot yoga practice is the reminder that your posture allows you to look up, not just down! We all spend far too much time peering down at the electronic screens we spend our lives glued to (which is causing all kinds of problems for people’s necks), so when the sun is out we urge you to gaze upwards – Brixton has a couple of pieces of rooftop art that are worth looking up for.
The first, the Brixton Heron, was created by world-renowned but local artist Maggi Hambling, and you can see it on roof of The Prince of Wales; the heron lording it over the lowly chickens who got caught by the Colonel. The sculpture was created to celebrate Brixton’s history and the herons that used to populate the River Effra, which now runs below ground. One theory is that ‘Herne Hill’ evolved out of ‘Heron Hill’.
The second work of art is Lucy Casson’s ‘Foxes and Cherries’ (pictured above), which can be seen on the roof at the corner of Electric Avenue and Electric Lane. Casson, who studied at Camberwell School of Art, said: “Electric Avenue is the perfect place for these foxes to scavenge cherries from the market. I like the way foxes live among us; they are part of the layers of London.” Personally, we love these copper foxes on the skyline above the market, especially at night when the debris of the market is yet to be cleared up.
Finally, not quite up, but a piece of art from Lambeth resident and author Will Self, that you might have missed on the wall of Iceland. Called ‘Brixton Speaks’, over a month-long period in early summer of 2009, fragments of speech were noted down on Electric Avenue, in the arcades, and along Brixton Road. These fragments light up in a choreographed sequence, capturing the people who live, work and shop on these streets.
Take a peek!