The Mary Ward Centre for adult education has created a work of art in response to the British Museum’s summer blockbuster exhibition Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds. In this installation various shades of blue fabric hang down swimming with bright yellow fish, red starfish and sand. But the real treasure are the sculpture fragments resting on the sea floor resembling the ancient Egyptian statues found in the depths of the Nile.
Photographs by Jason Bunn
As you probably know Pokémon Go is the latest iPhone game craze. Everyone all over the world seems to be playing this virtual reality game, trying to find Pokémon characters such as Squirtle, Caterpie or Charmander. If you have never played the game, like me, then here is a brief explanation: your screen shows your surroundings and when a Pokémon character is nearby you can aim and try and capture them. My friend was at the British Museum and found what I think is a Zubat flapping his wings by The Waddesdon Bequest information plaque!
In the depths of the Nile are two sunken civilizations, the cities Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus. In an archeological dig that took years, the buried artifacts are on display at the British Museum in the exhibition Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds. The exhibition showcases 200 artifacts ranging from stele, to colossal sculptures to delicate jewelry. What makes this show even more exciting are the underwater photographs and films of divers discovering these hidden gems next to the displayed objects. If you don’t believe me check out the promotional video which provides clips of the underwater dives, it will leave you gasping for more.
Off to the side of the main entrance to the British Museum sits a new art installation. Designed by the Mary Ward Centre, this piece is titled The Enchanted Grove and coincides with the museum’s current exhibition Celts: Art and Unity which is on display until January 2016. The Enchanted Grove is composed of green and red fabric resembling branches with swirling gold patterns imitating Celtic coins, interlaced patterns and of course the Book of Kells.
Every year in Mexico families gather to honor their deceased ancestors in an event known as Dia de Los Muertos or Day of the Dead. The British Museum has come to life for the festivities with huge painted skulls and skeletons located in their atrium. These decorated bones are props used in the newest James Bond film, Spectre. The props, however, are not the only way the museum is celebrating the festival. There will be various activities, talks and works of art all dedicated to the Day of the Dead.
For a list of what is going on check out its website: http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/day_of_the_dead.aspx