We were invited up to the suitably swanky Hill House in Norfolk to adorn their already impeccably adorned walls with some large scale outdoor id-iom artwork. Given that Hill House is often hired out for parties and events we thought we’d try and come up with something suitable and ‘In vino veritas, in aqua sanitas’ is the result.
The Latin phrase translates as ‘In wine there is truth, in water there is health’ and it is a sentiment of which id-iom and, I’d like to think, Hill House itself approves. The table tennis table in the same outdoor space was looking a little worse for wear so we decided to give that a little makeover too in order to match the newly minted mural. The place was lovely, the weather was great and the staff (when we saw them) were equally so. It was all work though as being artists-in-residence for the week left ample time to stroll the grounds with a shandy in hand examining the very many cute bunny rabbits that also shared the garden dispensing nuggets of truth…
With a rainy Good Friday predicted for Manchester we thought the omens sounded good for a spot of clean graffiti for the upcoming BL9 music weekender (in Bury FC’s ground in June) so we got on a train and headed up north. We hadn’t really done much with the reverse/clean graffiti technique before but are fairly well versed with using stencils so thought it would be pretty straightforward. We had a list of places to hit and were eager to get started. After sorting a man, a van and a power washer we were good to go.
I thought the main problems on the day would be finding somewhere to pull up by the road and filling up with water whereas it turns out that our biggest issue was, in fact, finding the correct kind of dirty pavement to work with. With a limited supply of water that took ages to fill we had to pick our spots carefully as wasting water and time was not really an option when we had a load of impressions to get done. Despite being soaked from head to toe by the end of the day we were all experts on the relative merits of different paving and how effectively the power washer would work. You live and learn…
Aqua sex? Sounds like it could be fun eh kids? NO! STOP! THINK! Aqua sex can be very dangerous and is considered deviant behaviour in over 15 countries globally. This Aqua Sex promotional poster came from an avid collector in Japan. I could tell you more about it but I would probably get myself shut down by the NSA. They’re listening. Like always…
Like the rest of this sordid little lot these pictures have been reimagined from actual news headlines. I fill my head with this grubby nonsense so you don’t have to. Vive la revolution!
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Title: Aqua Sex
Materials: Paint pen, acrylic, and charcoal
This little piece was a commission for our id-iom’s trusty construction consultant. If there’s a need to install, build or otherwise use power tools then he’s our go-to man. One of the things he’s also interested in is diving so that was the inspiration for this little number. This picture must have confused our framer a little though as he’s managed to put the string at the bottom of the picture so it hangs upside down. Luckily it will be an easy task for our construction specialist to rectify this little problem.