Monday Makes: Creativity Street


25 May 2020

For this instalment of our Monday Makes series we're taking a look at two exhibitions from our gallery archives: Grey Gardens and Shonky: The Aesthetics of Awkwardness. Both featured different styles of architecture which has inspired us to create our very own street sculptures made from recycled materials.

Grey Gardens, DCA, 2016, photos by Ruth Clark

Programmed as part of the Scotland-wide Festival of Architecture in 2016, Grey Gardens featured contemporary and archive photography, scale models and sculptures, and explored how architects and artists have used concrete within natural landscapes. The exhibition included Scottish modernist buildings by Morris and Steedman and Peter Womersley, the work of Italian architect Carlo Scarpa, as well as Scottish town art.

Left: Roner Spa designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser, photo by Jonathan Bassett
Right: Shonky: The Aesthetics of Awkwardness, DCA, 2018, photo by Ruth Clark

We were inspired by Shonky: The Aesthetics of Awkwardness for our Monday Makes: Recreate Your Plate but this time we're looking at the work of Austrian artist and architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser which featured in the 2018 group exhibition. Photographs printed onto gauze showed the hotel and thermal baths of Rogner Spa and the social housing block Hundertwasserhaus that Hundertwasser designed with his characteristic use of brightly coloured facades, sloping roofs and unique windows.

Download our step-by-step guide to making your own Creativity Street and choose to be inspired by the modernist, concrete structures of Grey Gardens, Hundertwasser's colourful buildings from Shonky: The Aesthetics of Awkwardness, or try a bit of both. Whatever you decide, we'd love to see the results - share your street with us using #DCAmakes.

If you enjoy this activity and you're able to, we'd be so grateful if you'd consider donating to help us keep enriching people's lives through art, culture and creativity. Thank you!  

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