Art and culture

5 things you need to know about this month

The art, the travel and the events that tick our boxes this month

1. Guido Van Helten art, Arkansas

It’s in the grimy alleys and avenues of cities where you usually find street artists spraying and painting. But once in a while, one of them will venture out to quieter, harder-to-get-to corners to create. This mural on an animal feed mill in Fort Smith in Arkansas, US, by Australian artist Guido van Helten shows Gene Beckman (who was an employee of the mill for 70 years), Kristina Jones and Edward Paradela – Fort Smith locals who Van Helten felt represented the city’s diverse community.

2. World Tapir Day

We love tapirs at Discovery Towers, which is why every year (27 April) we celebrate the pig-meets-aardvark creatures on World Tapir Day. This one lives in Bolivia’s Madidi National Park – but you can celebrate them at zoos across Japan, Taipei Zoo, Sydney’s Hunter Valley Zoo or Badan Warisan Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur – all of which are holding events to raise awareness for the endangered animal. Better yet, coerce your colleagues into donning a tapir costume for the day.

World Tapir Day is 27 April,

World Tapir Day
Credit: André Baertschi / Wildtropix

3. George Rickey exhibition, London

The names might tend towards the prosaic (this one’s called Column of Six Cubes with Gimbal) but George Rickey’s kinetic sculptures are anything but. See the late American sculptor’s playful, polychromed stainless steel pieces at George Rickey: Sculpture from the Estate, a retrospective exhibition beginning this month at London’s Marlborough Fine Arts gallery.

21 April-20 May,

George Rickey, Column of Six Cubes with Gimbal
Credit: Bill Orcutt, courtesy of Marlborough Gallery Inc. and the Estate of George Rickey

4. Happier Camper HC1

Ever fantasised about trading in your shoebox city flat for a life on the road? Then get yourself a copy of Mobitecture: Architecture on the Move, a coffee-table book published this month celebrating houseboats, mountain huts and rustic retro trailers – like the Happier Camper HC1 (pictured). Along with its cute retro look, you get 70 square feet of space, solar panelling, a bluetooth sound system and a completely customisable interior. And the back garden doesn’t look bad either…

Available from 17 April,

The Happier Camper, Derek Michael May
Credit: Wil Sarmienti

5. Art Afrique exhibition, Paris

Artist Romuald hazoumé from Benin recycles found objects to make artworks like Ear Splitting (pictured), made from a plastic petrol can, an old brush and headphones. Hazoumé’s curious style is featured in Art/Afrique’s The Insiders exhibition opening at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris this month, alongside works by some of sub-Saharan Africa’s brightest contemporary artists.

26 April-28 August,

Romuald Hazoumé (1962, Benin) Ear Splitting
Credit: Romuald Hazoumé
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