A new neon message is on display in a Walthamstow street.
Artist D J Roberts installed the message reading ‘I’m in love with the
modern world’ at the council’s Street Gallery in Cleveland Park Avenue.
The line is taken from the song, Modern World by Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers.
“I have always endorsed the view of the 19th century critic John
Ruskin – that many places seem beautiful, and have the potential for
beauty, not because the architecture or the setting is sublime, but
because they give us a psychological hit, they capture a mood,” Mr
“They are places where things can happen. And Richman’s use of the
word modern interests me. Like him, I tend to use the word loosely, to
describe that urban world of highways, shopping malls and bright lights
which we all know so well, and to which Walthamstow belongs.”
Street Gallery, a Waltham Forest Council funded programme of temporary art displays, has been open since September 2012.