Distractions, reflections

David Ing, at large … Sometimes, my mind wanders

2008/09/12 Tate Modern, South Bank, London

To see the other Tate Museum in London, I took the tube down to the Southwark tube station.  I observed the Blackfriars station as closed, when I walked north.  Approaching the former Bankside Power Station from the south side, the Tate Modern is an imposing building.

DI_20080912 130108 TateModern BanksidePowerStation south side

Walking around to the west side of the building, I could see the dome of St. Paul’s Cathedral in the distance.

DI_20080912 130200 TateModern BanksidePowerStation west side

From the west side, the entry of to the Tate Modern is down a long ramp.

DI_20080912 130254 TateModern west entry ramp

The ramp continues inside the building into the Turbine Hall.

DI_20080912 130354 TateModern TurbineHall

The galleries are on the upper floors.  I went up to Level 3, and saw some red benches with display terminals.

DI_20080912 130822 TateModern Level3 terminals

Coming around the corner, I could look down onto the east end of the Turbine Hall.  When I was on the ground floor, I hadn’t realized that exhibits were being set up behind the curtains.

DI_20080912 131740 TateModern TurbineHall east

On the Level 3, at one end of the hall is the collection titled Material Gestures, with works from the 1940s and 1950s.

DI_20080912 130902 TateModern Level3 MaterialGestures

At the other end of the hall is the “Poetry and Dream” collection, including the Surrealists.

DI_20080912 131858 TateModern Level3 PoetryAndDream

Up the escalator, to Level 5, I found a small theatre with in a red enclosure in the centre of the hall.

DI_20080912 135050 TateModern Level5 hallway display

At one end of Level 5 is the “Idea and Object” collection, of abstract minimalism.

DI_20080912 133400 TateModern Level5 IdeaAndObject

At the other end of Level 5 is “States Of Flux“, with early 20th century movements such as Cubism.

DI_20080912 135110 TateModern Level5 StatesOfFlux

After strolling through the exhibits, I took the escalators down to catch the last bit of daylight outside.

DI_20080912 141222 TateModern escalator down

I took the elevator back up to Level 2 for a view of  the Millenium Bridge over the River Thames from the cafe terrace.  It’s a pedestrian-only bridge, and full of workers crossing home at the end of office hours.

DI_20080912 142712 TateModern MilleniumBridge view

I walked outside, down to the shore.  Looking east, there were a lot of cranes over the London skyline, signaling ongoing construction.

DI_20080912 143644 MilleniumBridge shore east

Due north across the Millenium Bridge is St. Paul’s Cathedral.

DI_20080912 143524 MilleniumBridge shore

I walked west along the Thames.  Looking back over my shoulder, I saw the Tate Modern in the dusk.

DI_20080912 144056 TateModern nw view

Kiosks were being set up for the Thames Festival 2008 starting the next day.

DI_20080912 143722 ThamesFestival kiosk

With the number of beer taps at the bar, I could imagine lineups when the festival operates.

DI_20080912 143832 ThamesFestival bar

Some of the stalls had been set up during daylight, and zipped up for the evening.

DI_20080912 143924 ThamesFestival stall

I continued west by the Blackfriars Bridge as a train crossed over it.

DI_20080912 144410 Blackfriars bridge

The sun was almost completely set by the time I reached Waterloo Bridge.

DI_20080912 144552 WaterlooBridge

Wandering into the park, I was entertained to find a group of Koreans on an open air stage, rehearsing for the next day.

DI_20080912 145236 ThamesFestival Korean dance rehearsal

Dav finally finished off his project at the office, and coordinated with LJ to meet me walking west.  As we looked for a restaurant, we found an area covered with foam on top of plastic, that children (and some adults) were shuffling through.

DI_20080912 150834 ThamesFestival foam walk

After deciding to have Japanese dinner at Wagamama, we had desserts at Le Pain Quotidien.

DI_20080912 164306 LePainQuotidien DB LJR

This was a rare day of leisure for me, enjoying the sights of London.  Dav and LJ made sure that I found my way back to Victoria station, to catch the train back out to Purley that evening.  The next morning, my hosts Scott and Greg remarked that they were wondering whether they should have been worried that I was out so late.  I had to admit that I was having such a good time — and that I’m out late so rarely these days — that it didn’t occur to me to phone home!

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