Barbican Painting – Arts Defence?

©2013 - Cathy Read - Barbican - Mixed media - 40 x 50 cm

You can’t ignore The Barbican Arts Centre

Love or hate it, sometimes you wonder what inspires a building? Take the Barbican, it classes as brutalist architecture but where did the ideas come from?

A conglomeration of diverse structures, it has a remarkable similarity to a rabbit warren. You can see where you need to go, but it isn’t always immediately obvious how to get there. Nonetheless it’s an impressive structure.

The lakeside terrace is overlooked by concrete structures. Which remind me of the pill boxes constructed during the secord world war as part of the defence of the nation.

The Barbican Arts Centre has a reputation for cutting edge arts and these pill boxes got me thinking…

What could they be defending?

Well the answer is obviously the Arts but what would pill boxes use to defend the arts?

Perhaps an assault of Music, a Soliloquy, a painting, or a coreographed battle?


©2013 - Cathy Read - Barbican Arts Defender - Mixed media - 40 x 50 cm
©2013 – Cathy Read – Barbican Defender of the Arts- Mixed media – 40 x 50 cm


Whatever the Barbican Art Centre uses in the defence of the Arts with that architecture it won’t fade into the background.


This painting is has been sold but prints are available.






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