Walking through Haji Lane, Arab Street, etc. I came across a Mexican restaurant, named Piedra Negra. Black stone.
I had not seen it be4 and it turned out to be new and exploited by the same owners from the BluJaz-cafe around the corner. (Also a very nice place, by the way...)
Anyway, I fell right there and then totally in love with Piedra Negra!
The interior decoration has been done by a bunch of artists, lead by an Australian named Jay.
No, unfortunately I do not know his full name nor do I have a link to him or any of the artists involved:-(. If I find out more, I will report it on this blog.
The elements presented seem to come from both Mexico as Spain: day-of-the dead-masks next to a Flamenco-dancer and a Toreador.
I just adore the eclectic approach: there are so many different techniques and materials used:
mosaics, paintings, 2D flawlessly shifting to 3D, metalwork, beads, lanterns, fabric, wiregauze, tiles, plasterwork...you name it.
Mixed, integrated, no boundaries, big imagination... just the way I like it and do myself, when I create stuff.
Look@the pics below and DO go and check it out for urselves!
Btw: it's a nice place for food and drinks too;-) and no, I am not a shareholder...hahaha!
|See the chandelier hanging outside under the porchroof?|
|Looking in. This is the righthand part of the restaurant. Most of the other pics I took were taken inside the lefthand part of the place. (It has two different rooms.)|
|Already the namesign is gorgeous and eclectic: metal/ironwork, pebbles-mosaic and the horns of the bull are transparent due to the gauze that's used.|
|Inside we find another bull, ;painted on the wall (2D) with next to it a Toreador, in both 2D as in 3D.|
|A Flamencodancer (2D and 3D), surrounded by painted Day-of-the-Dead-masks. Or is she a participant of a Carnival???|
|Nice lamp too.|
|The bar/counter is decorated with the most special and gorgeous mosaics. Not only porcelain is used, but also beads, wiregauze, sort of clay-sculpting and paint.|
|What a fantastic idea to use wiregauze to make to skin of the long snake (Serpiente) really look like snakeskin!!!!|
|I never used beads so far in my own mosaics; great idea. Beautiful effect.|
|Caballo; horse. |
Flabbergasted, what can I say more;-)......
|Another bull; gorgeous!|
|Beads, beads, beads|
|Above the bar, the centerpiece is formed by a large metal eagle. Maybe a condor?|
Here too you see the fluent way 2D and 3D are mixed; one leg is 2D, the other one 3D.
Great expression in the face too.
|The wings are decorated with a band of beads, like in the chandelier that we will see later on.|
|What a chandelier!!!! Would love to have that in my house.|
Seems to be constructed from Arabic lanterns, combined with metal, beads and glitterfabric.
|Another chandelier, outside. Also gorgeous.|
|We had dinner here on Valentine's day;-)|
Congrats, Piedra Negra, with such a beautiful restaurant and to all the artist: tx so much, my admiration is big!