Took the tube to class in Russell Square, a tad packed due to the rainy weather. We learned about Edinburgh, Scotland, which is where we are headed to tomorrow. After class, we went to the Tate Britain, an art gallery. Each room was organized decade by decade, starting with the 1560’s and ending with modern abstract art. The most astounding pieces are titled “The Day of His Wrath,” “The Last Judgement,” and “The Plains of Heaven.” All were oil on canvas from the 16th and 17th centuries. The detail the artists paid attention to the landscape and people’s features is incredible. Older art made more sense to me, since it was mostly portraits of families, religious or war figures, and landscapes. The more modern the art, the more nudity and abstract shapes, contorted figures, and puzzling messages that were conveyed.

After the art museum, I went back to the Blind Institute and purchased a typed letter in Braille for a friend. Then a group of us went shopping on Oxford Street, an incredibly packed street with miles of shopping. Stores ranging from small boutiques or even spanning the size of two city blocks – guarantee you’ll find something for yourself on Oxford Street. Primark is always a hit, but we also checked out the Disney store and H&M (which originated in the UK, but can be found all across the US).

 

Entrance to the Tate Britain

Entrance to the Tate Britain

Baker Street Tube Entrance

Baker Street Tube Entrance

At the Disney Store in London

At the Disney Store in London

Art focused on South Africa and apartheid

Art focused on South Africa and apartheid

Abstract Art (giant empty roll of toilet paper?) hmm...

Abstract Art (giant empty roll of toilet paper?) hmm…

Abstract Art

Abstract Art

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