Hanna’s pick: Museum of the Moon
Museum of the Moon is an amazing artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram. I first heard of this artwork from a friend of mine, who had seen it in Liverpool Cathedral earlier last summer. When she described it to me, I thought that if I ever ended up in the same city with this artwork, I would definitely go see it. Luckily, now I have the chance, because this touring work of art is coming to London. The moon is seven metres in diameter and can be seen in Natural History Museum from the 17th of May, for free.
Museum of the Moon, Jerwood Gallery, Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7 5BD, London, https://my-moon.org/, 17 May –8 September 2019, free admission.
Aino-Sofia’s pick: AI: More than Human
AI: More than Human exhibition is a part of Barbican’s Life Rewired season that explores what it means to be human when technology is changing everything. I’m very interested in the ethical and moral issues that AI and the development of technology will bring up in our societies. The Barbican’s exhibition sounds very interesting and will be a good contributor in the conversation of AI and technology and how it is used in art. AI: More than Human will demonstrate AI’s potential to revolutionise our lives. It brings together artists, scientists and researchers, with an interactive exhibition that offers an unprecedented survey of AI with which everyone is invited to engage head-on.
AI: More than Human. Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS, https://www.barbican.org.uk/whats-on/2019/event/ai-more-than-human, 16 May—26 Aug 2019, Sat–Wed 10am–6pm, Thu–Fri 10am–9pm, admission: £10–17.
Camilla’s pick: Chelsea in Bloom
So, I missed out on tickets to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Again. If you’re like me and still want to marvel at the amazing things some can do with flowers and green stuff I suggest you head over to Chelsea anyway. This year’s theme of Chelsea in Bloom is Under the Sea and that means that the shops, restaurants and hotels of Chelsea are going to adorn themselves in flowers that will momentarily transport you to the seaside. In my hopes and dreams it’s going to be something like stepping into The Little Mermaid but if it falls a bit short it’s still okay. After all, it’s completely free.
Chelsea in Bloom, Chelsea (maps coming soon), London, http://www.chelseainbloom.co.uk, 20– 25 May 2019, free admission.
Aura’s pick: Puppet Theatre Barge: A Child’s Garden of Verse
In London with kids? Interested in houseboats and life on London canals? The Puppet Theatre Barge, which is parked in Little Venice, must be one of the smallest theatres in London. The last time I went, the audience consisted of myself and a group of children celebrating someone’s fourth birthday, but this show is aimed at both children and adults.
Puppet Theatre Barge: A Child’s Garden of Verse. Blomfield Road (opposite 35), W9 2PF, London, https://www.puppetbarge.com/Controllers/show.php?id=3, 4 May 2019 – 7 July 2019, tickets: £9-13.
Essi’s pick: The Parkland Walk
Londoners take pride in their green parks. It’s no wonder; the city’s air quality is often bad and without its leafy lungs we would see the return of the Great Smog. While exploring North East London, I recently discovered a new piece of paradise. The Parkland Walk is a four-kilometre pedestrian and cycle route that runs from Finsbury Park to Alexandra Palace via Stoud Green, Crouch End, Highgate and Muswell Hill. The walk is now a nature reserve, having been closed to all train traffic in 1972. While there are no tracks left, one can admire the old platforms and pieces of brick wall which make the trail pleasant and exciting to walk or cycle through. The site is popular amongst families, dog owners, hedgehogs and day dreamers like myself. While it offers a lovely shortcut to Hampstead Heath, it is very hilly, and thus, offers a great view into the back gardens of Highgate humans. Not that I would recommend eavesdropping or spying on anyone, ever…
The Parkland Walk, starting point: Finsbury Park, Harringay, London, N4, https://www.haringey.gov.uk/libraries-sport-and-leisure/parks-and-open-spaces/z-parks-and-open-spaces/parkland-walk-local-nature-reserve, free admission.