Sunday, 19 May 2013
The Blue Box Gallery: A Love Letter to Oxford Street
While strolling down Oxford Street a friend showed me The Blue Box Gallery, two public installations mounted in secluded doorways. The wall text states:
The Blue Box Gallery is a gift for Oxford Street. Please respect the artworks and leave them for everyone to enjoy.
If you would like to put something inside the blue box, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
There is a tradition in Sydney of 'hole in the wall' galleries that dates back to the early 1980s when artists Marr Grounds, Tony Coleing, Shayne Higson and Bonita Ely pioneered the original 'hole in the wall' exhibition space, in Macdonald Street Paddington, which was then the smallest gallery in the Southern Hemisphere.
This notion of bringing art into the public space and to the attention of those who perhaps would not necessarily seek it out may be a more common-place idea these days but it still surprises me every time I see it. I don't know who is behind The Blue Box Gallery, the sense of anonymity only adding to its allure, but I do hope it continues to expand and grow.
If anyone know of any other locations where The Blue Box Gallery has popped up drop me a line and let me know.