Andy Walsh

  1. Invader: The Mosaic Street Artist

    Invader: The Mosaic Street Artist

    The definition of street art is ‘unofficial and independent visual art created in public locations for public visibility’. Street art is widely regarded as guerrilla, perhaps most notoriously embodied by the elusive ‘Banksy’ whose controversial work seems to sporadically appear overnight in inner city areas. One other such exponent is the famous French urban artist who goes by the name ‘Invader’. He is known for his ceramic tile mosaics modelled on the pixelated art of 1970s–1980s 8-bit video games, many of which depict the titular aliens from the arcade game ‘Space Invaders’. Invader has openly stated that he sees himself as a "hacker" of public space spreading a mosaic "virus” in an environment that is accessible to anybody from any walk of life.

    Invader's repertoire of subjects is not limited to just Space Invader pixelated figures. His work also includes Star Wars character

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  2. Hobbies & Improving Mental Health

    Hobbies & Improving Mental Health

    Everyone needs a bit of ‘me’ time, a chance to escape doing a hobby they enjoy. Now, perhaps more than ever, issues surrounding mental health have been at the forefront of the media. Due to the heightened stress and anxiety that the Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown has brought upon the nation, this important topic is now getting the publicity it deserves and there are things we can do to combat the stress and strains of everyday life. Harvard Health information even suggests that long-term health benefits of participating in hobbies can include an overall lower blood pressure and lower levels of long-term stress.

    Other studies show that participating in hobbies are a great way to feel positive and healthy and achieve a sense of well-being. This is certainly one way people are rallying during these trying times. Creative hobbies, such as mosaic art, stimulate the brain to release endorphins. Endorphins are the chemicals produced by the body to relieve stress and pai

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  3. The Mosaic Art of Pompeii

    The Mosaic Art of Pompeii

    Mosaics were used at least as far back as 400 BC, as is evidenced by the existing tiles that adorned the great palace floors of Pella in Greece, the birthplace of Alexander the Great. Fast forward a few centuries later, in AD 79, Pompeii and several other Roman communes were tragically covered in a thick layer of ash when Mount Vesuvius, now nicknamed the 'Sleeping Giant' by locals, infamously erupted. One upside to the disaster from a historical standpoint was that the ash preserved large areas in the vicinity and many of the mosaic works of art that were recovered can still be seen to this very day. The mosaics are displayed on-site, in Pompeii itself, and at the National Archaeological Museum of Naples.

    Mosaics from this era give a real insight into Roman life and the depictions are as intricate and impressive as they are varied. Perhaps one of the quirkiest examples is this commemorative pot of fish sauce, which ancient Romans called 'garum', displayed

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