Umbrellas In The World Of Art
October 22, 2018
Here at Jolly brolly, we offer a wide range of designs and colours which are part of our core collection of umbrellas, But how are umbrellas used in art? It turns out quite a lot of umbrella art installations have been popping all over the world.
Today we look at the influence of umbrellas in public displays, films, songs and paintings to find out how important this everyday and essential accessory is in the world of art.
More recently, incorporating umbrellas in public art displays has been a huge trend all over the world. In Salisbury, a technicolour canopy of brollies was put on display over the city centre throughout the month of July which included 90 umbrellas hanging over the high street. While across the pond in Florida, a pedestrian area was the latest location for the Umbrella Sky Project, which is an internationally known public art exhibition which was launched in Portugal many years ago. Visitors to these exhibitions are encouraged to take photos of the displays and post them to their social media channels in order to spread the umbrella enhanced art around the world.
These are just a few examples of how innovative public art displays can be and for passers-by, seeing a network of suspended umbrellas (as if by magic) hovering above ordinary locations can really draw in the crowds. But, can umbrella art also help our local high streets by attracting larger visitor numbers and tourists.
Well, apparently so. A bight canopy of colourful brollies were implemented in Carrickfergus in Northern Ireland all in the name of art, similarly the Vietnamese city was named one of the top ten holiday destinations in Asia in the previous year and a garden full of colourful brollies played a large part of its effort to retain its status as a leading tourist destination! It seems to be that regardless of culture, everyone has an affinity for umbrella-inspired art exhibitions but what other art forms are there?
Umbrellas play an iconic role, even in paintings too. Most people will recognise the Singing Butler painting which was created back in 1992 by Jack Vettriano.
If you don’t recall that masterpiece, you’ll surely know a Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat in 1884, currently, the masterpiece is on display at the Art Institute of Chicago, which apparently paid $24,000 for the privilege.
Umbrellas are handy and must have items, so it’s no surprise they feature heavily in the film world. Who can forget Jiminy Cricket’s most famous prop, a little red umbrella, which featured in Disney’s 1940 version of the classic Pinocchio? And of course, there’s the 1952 smash hit, Singin’ in the Rain with its renowned scene where Gene Kelly is seen dancing in the streets with his black umbrella while the rain pours down around him.
Other strong notable mentions include the character of Mary Poppins who flies in and out of London using her umbrella, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, which features Hagrid lighting a fire with a spark from his pink umbrella and My Fair Lady - a classic film that depicts its leading character, using a beautiful white lace parasol.
Clearly, umbrella art is used and appreciated all over the world in a wide variety of forms!