Some painfully unimaginative property developers have put up these banal ‘lifestyle’ flats on the North End Road in West Kensington:
The North End Road can be a bit rough in parts, and I love it for the combination of hopelessly crap old shops and great ones . Crap shops like the shitty video store that only appears to sell second-hand Barbara Cartland novels and sun-bleached adult dvds. Great shops like the Portuguese caff which sells lovely rich coffee at a pound a pop The place makes you feel like you are properly abroad when you step inside. Mind you, some of the food in there looks a bit dodge. Last time I went in they had a greasy pile of fried eggs lurking in the refrigerator. However, the food generally improves after the proprietor returns from holiday with lots of hams and goat’s cheeses she has found in the countryside near Porto.
Anyway, above new development obviously needed some signature art. Just to give it that classy air, that dez-rez jenesaisquoi. Unhappily, the developer’s lack of aesthetic insight is extended to the choice of three underwhelmingly small ‘standing stones’ dumped in in a clump of foliage. It looks pathetic.
I was amused to see that the locals must assume they are crap which must have been fly-tipped there. They seem to be attracting a bit of refuse. Don’t people recognise Art when they see it?