Before we get into the latest His & Hers, take a moment to admire these lovely wallpapers, featured at the lovely Cafe Literaire on the lake here in Vevey.
where the ladies is called:
and the men’s is
and the disabled toilet:
I had to look these references up and it turns out they’re all characters from Dangerous Liaisons.
At the other end of the cultural scale, if you’ve just wolfed down a burger at Holy Cow in Lausanne, you will find the loos behind this door.
These half people are from Villars, they almost look like they’ve been snapped leaving, just on their way out.
At the beautiful L’Hermitage Gallery atop the hill in Lausanne, here are some modern interpretations of the male
and female form.
And these ones from a restaurant in Sydney (thanks, Mum).
No room for confusion here. Except perhaps for where to place the apostrophe…
Makes me chuckle that I have my septuagenarian Mother covertly snapping toilet doors the other side of the world!!
The more you look, the more you see.
This mural below marks the 1999 Fete des Vignerons, a wine festival that happens in Vevey once a generation, or roughly every 20 years. It’s a big deal. It’s been going on for centuries, since 1797 organised by the Brotherhood of Winegrowers. The last one was in 1999 and the next one will be in 2019.
and if you want to fly through the vineyards to see the locally grown wine they’re celebrating – on a drone with a GoPro attached, check this earlier post out:
These lovely lobsters and the Lido sign below were captured an earlier post called Look Up from September https://chisforchocolate.wordpress.com/2014/09/10/look-up/
but here they are again ‘cos they’re so pretty
And on Ruelle du Lac (a laneway that takes you guess where – the lake!) a boat sails steadily.
In an otherwise non-descript underground walkway, there’s a very colourful mosaic
and across from the Fine Art School where all the next budding artists are studying, is this cool installation/paste up on a metal fence in front of an apartment block.
Looking at it close up and sideways, it almost looks like a piano keyboard and says “lisez entrez les lignes” – read between the lines.
When you walk past it from the other direction, it looks like this
To me, it looks like an up-ended shopping cart, but I’m not entirely sure if that’s what it is.
What do you see?
Following on from the murals posts in Vevey, now I’m starting to notice smaller scale street art & there’s some cute stuff around.
Everything is awesome!
Despite the fancy manicure, sad lady looks like she’s not thrilled with her Valentine’s flowers.
unlike Ghandi who looks simply chuffed with his
happy little sprite!
For the uninitiated, it’s hard to find the beating art heart of Vevey, but it’s there, deeply buried. You just have to know where to look.
Lucky for me, a friend knows someone who knows someone who organises monthly gigs of local and touring bands. They are held at 5pm on the first Sunday of the month in a studio. If you thought you had to go underground for some subculture, you are spot on! Literally underground in a basement carpark. Studio 603.
Dodgy photos, sorry guys – just snapped in the dark from my ancient phone.
Here’s how the stage looks – super simple, great ambience with lights & candles & loads of amps.
When I went recently, 2 bands played. Firstly, Moaning Cities, a 4 piece doing their debut performance together as a band. They were great. The lead singer was kind of a cross between Patti Smith & Nico and here they are in action.
Yes, she’s topless. And she had bodypaint on behind that guitar.
Next came a band called Three Dots
featuring the same drummer and bass player from the previous band (both rockin’ chicks) and 2 guys, one on sitar. Then later we were treated to a cool harmonica solo by a regular.
There were about 50 people at the gig and it was all by donation, so you put money in the chapeau that was passed around. It was such a thrill to know that this kind of thing is happening locally, it’s just a matter of digging around to find it.
Here is part 2 of the local street art in Vevey.
Walking down one of the lanes in town, you come across this detailed mural on the side of a house
with images of unicorns, flowers
and a fishing scene
Or here’s one with more boats, serpents and other animals
On the main drag, on the side of the school a pair of colourful African themed murals run the length of 2 walls making what would be a drab white wall a bright, geometric splash of colour.
And I thought I’d include this sculpture too as it looked like it’s been there quite some time
In a nearby laneway, there are some cool stencils and street art that add character to the narrow streetscape
And another quite surreal one up a laneway between 2 main streets. Love the birds & geometric shapes that compliment the windows of the surrounding buildings. Shame about the scrappy tagging down below.
This one below is not in Vevey but nearby Lausanne, on the maze of alleyways and hills and dead ends that continue to confound me as I wander the streets. As far as I could tell, this was on the wall beside a children’s theatre. A bit whimsical and worth including.
OK, I know this isn’t a mural but it’s so cute I couldn’t help to include this cheeky worm as the last one.