Thursday doors -16 September 2021

Doors 161 – Liskeard Cornwall

On a recent family holiday to Cornwall, I nipped into Liskeard, which was our nearest small town, to collect a Nepalese takeaway (which was absolutely delicious I might say). I had arrived a little early and so took the opportunity to have a quick wander and capture some doors.

Although none of these doors are particularly spectacular, they do give a flavour of the Cornish penchant for decorative porticos, which are much more common here than in some other parts of the country, or at least are features on less grand buildings. It would seem that the Cornish set great store by having a grand doorway, even if you can afford little else.

Enough hot air… here are the Liskeard doors:

Door with grand portico, Liskeard, Cornwall, August 2021
Door with grand portico, Liskeard, Cornwall, August 2021
Green door with portico, Liskeard, Cornwall, August 2021
Green door with portico, Liskeard, Cornwall, August 2021
In case you were wondering this is the door to number 4, Liskeard, Cornwall, August 2021
In case you were wondering, this is the door to number 4, Liskeard, Cornwall, August 2021
Blue hillside door, Liskeard, Cornwall, August 2021
Blue hillside door, Liskeard, Cornwall, August 2021
Door with portico and plant pots, Liskeard, Cornwall, August 2021
Door with portico and plant pots, Liskeard, Cornwall, August 2021

More Cornish doors next week, until then, au revoir.

If you have made it this far, you probably like doors, and you really ought to take a look at the No Facilities blog by Dan Anton who has taken over the hosting of Thursday Doors  from Norm 2.0 blog. Links to more doorscursions can be found in the comments section of Dan Anton’s Thursday Doors post.

by Scooj

3897. Castle Hill, Liskeard (2)

This is the second Liskeard piece I have posted by Stuart H Taylor, on a building festooned with his work in this small Cornish town. The piece is a biblical scene of Moses parting the Red Sea, and is most impressive if not a little incongruous.

Stuart H Taylor, Castle Hill, Liskeard, August 2021
Stuart H Taylor, Castle Hill, Liskeard, August 2021

As with his other pieces, this is not painted using spray paints, but with brushes and the overall impact is impressive on this little back stairway. In a town that doesn’t have a graffiti culture to speak of, it is great to find this little artistic oasis.

Stuart H Taylor, Castle Hill, Liskeard, August 2021
Stuart H Taylor, Castle Hill, Liskeard, August 2021

The artwork is clearly that of a trained artist, and there is an obvious likeness to Charlton Heston and a famous still image taken from the film the Ten Commandments. What fortune finding this spot.

3893. Castle Hill Liskeard

I spend a fair bit of my spare time immersed in the world of street art and graffiti art and even when I am on holiday, the antennae are out and working overtime. On a recent family holiday to Cornwall, we had opted for an Indian takeaway one evening, rather than cook (in holiday mode). Before I picked up the food, I thought I’d do a quick Google Maps search of the streets in Liskeard to get my bearings. As luck would have it, the building opposite the takeaway had several rather nice pieces painted on it (not a common sight anywhere in Cornwall), all of them by an artist called Stuart H Taylor.

Stuart H Taylor, Castle Hill, Liskeard, Cornwall, August 21
Stuart H Taylor, Castle Hill, Liskeard, Cornwall, August 21

This stunning piece was one of the murals, with more to come soon, and rather blew my socks off. I think that his work is brush painted rather than using spray cans, but Stuart H Taylor has created a very clever stencil effect using shades and tones that make this really stand out. The reflected scene in the sunglasses is not a new idea, but has been very well executed and one is left pondering what is going on. What a bonus to find this piece and more on holiday, feeding my habit.