Street art with three Mona Lisa inspired murals
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Gallery: art comes in threes

A man’s work is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover, through the detours of art, those two or three great and simple images in whose presence his heart first opened.

Albert Camus

Camus was a French author and philosopher, an absurdist and existentialist (although he rejected the latter term). I’ve borrowed his quote and arguably a certain sense of the absurd for this gallery, but I don’t claim it to be philosophical in any sense!

For this next set of Thursday Trios I am focusing on art. If any of these images is great, that is down to the artist rather than me. If any is simple, well, that could be down to either of us. One thing for sure, there are always three of them, not two. Or perhaps it is more accurate to say that they either consist of three parts or feature three of something.

I’m linking as well to the Photographing Public Art challenge. Most, but not quite all, of these art works meet Marsha’s criterion of being free to view. Where this is not the case I will make that clear. I’ve shared a few before but I think most will be new. My featured image is of street art in Beaubourg, Paris.

Painting of three birds on a branch

This one, of street art in Reykjavik, I am pretty sure I have posted previously, but it’s too apt, and too colourful, not to include again!

Old fashioned advert with drawing of three women drinking milk

This is in Reykjavik too, on a small shop on a side street.

Wall tiles with painting of three women

This is in one of the stations of Seattle’s light rail network.

Mosaic of three young people in a field

And this from a station in a very different city, a propaganda mosaic on a Metro station in Pyongyang, North Korea.

Bright wall painting of three people

Here’s just part of a colourful wall on a primary school in central London.

Three life-size wooden elephant sculptures

Also in London, you may remember these CoExistence elephants in Green Park from a previous post.

Three small elephant carvings on a wall

But these London elephants, in Shoreditch, should be new to you.

Collage of four photos, each of three coloured vases

Still in London, I made a collage of four photos of just some of the many beautiful glass shapes at Ebb & Flow, a current art display in One Canada Square – in sets of three, of course!

Drawing of three Cola bottles

And this is from a Warhol screen-print at a Tate Modern exhibition

Although the gallery has free entry I had to pay for this special exhibition so technically it doesn’t meet the public art brief!

Sculpture of a man with three pigeons

OK, there is only one man in this sculpture (in the Eldon Square shopping mall in Newcastle), but there are three pigeons! It references the hobby of pigeon racing, particularly popular in north east England.

Stencilled wall art in purple, black and red

I found these three in in La Butte-aux-Cailles in Paris, which has also featured in a previous post.

Bright mural of a saxophonist and two other people

While these three were also in an earlier post, one of my first, all about the vibrant street art in Valparaiso, Chile.

Three painted masks on a wall

These masks were on a wall in a bar in Paraty, Brazil.

Wall painting of Christ with two angels

And I’ll finish with something a bit different, a wall painting on a church in Wangen im Allgäu, Bavaria.


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