Danny Boyle explains he turned down knighthood because he wouldn"t have felt right accepting individual award for Olympics opening ceremony

'It's just not me': Danny Boyle explains he turned down knighthood because he wouldn't have felt right accepting individual award for the Olympics opening ceremony Boyle, 56, was in line for New Year Honours list for highly praised spectacle He said a cast of thousands helped create it, so accepting 'didn't feel right' Olympic Games. He and his artistic team sent a 'script' to Buckingham Palace in the hope Queen would agree to a surprise appearance” class=”blkBorder” /> A performer playing the role of the Queen parachutes from a helicopter during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. He and his artistic team sent a 'script' to Buckingham Palace in the hope Queen would agree to a surprise appearance The quintessentially British scenes saw the ceremony widely hailed a resounding success Actors perform in a sequence to represent the National Health Service (NHS) during the ceremony Trainspotting, a film about Edinburgh junkies, was one of Boyle’s earliest big-screen hits.

Dutch artist transforms public eyesores into works of art by camouflaging them into background using paint

Have I got views for loo! Artist camouflages public toilets and other ugly structures so they're hidden against their backgrounds Roeland Otten has used mosaics and geometric paint designs Designer recreated otherwise blocked and lost views of the city streets By Larisa Brown PUBLISHED: 00:38 GMT, 31 January 2013 | UPDATED: 08:51 GMT, 31 January 2013 An artist has transformed ugly run-down public structures into works of art by camouflaging them into their background using paint. Dutch designer Roeland Otten has used mosaics, geometric paint designs, and high resolution photograph wall coverings to recreate the otherwise blocked and lost views of the city streets

Wlodzimierz Umaniec jailed for two years for defacing Rothko painting

Vandal who attacked Rothko painting at Tate as act of 'yellowism' jailed for two years Wlodzimierz Umaniec, 26, claimed vandalism was itself a piece of artCo-founder of obscure artistic movement of 'yellowism'Judge said actions were 'wholly and utterly unacceptable' | UPDATED: 17:08 GMT, 13 December 2012 Jailed: Wlodzimierz Umaniec has been sentenced to two years in prison for vandalising a Rothko painting The self-proclaimed artist who vandalised a Mark Rothko painting in what he said was an act of 'yellowism' was today sentenced to two years in prison. Wlodzimierz Umaniec, 26, also known as Vladimir Umanets, defaced the mural, worth around 5million to 9million, at the Tate Modern gallery on October 7. He has said he carried out the crime in an attempt to spread the principles of the obscure artistic movement which he helped create.

Jakob Wagner"s nightscape photography of New York, Cape Town, Shanghai, London

Shimmering 'nightscapes' from the world's greatest cities: Time lapse pictures show New York, Cape Town and Shanghai in glittering glory Photographer Jakob Wagner can spend hours looking for the right spot to capture his stunning 'nightscapes' photosWhen he has found the perfect view, he sets up his tripod and takes a time lapse photo of the vast skyscape | UPDATED: 16:15 GMT, 12 December 2012 Perched on his vantage point above twinkling cities, photographer Jakob Wagner can spend hours looking for the right spot to capture photos for his stunning 'nightscapes' series.

Photos capture Stockholm"s beautiful subway system after its makeover by artists

Where have all the rats gone Photos capture Stockholm's beautiful subway system after its makeover by artists The 110 kilometre (68.3 miles) subway is the world's longest art exhibition featuring work by more than 150 artistsAround 90 of the Swedish city's 100 stations feature art works, including sculptures, mosaics and installations | UPDATED: 20:48 GMT, 29 November 2012 Travelling on a city's underground system is never expected to be an exciting experience – rather a convenient way of getting from A to B. But this could not be farther from the truth in the Swedish capital Stockholm, where artists have transformed the city's subway into a gigantic, kaleidoscopic art exhibition. Around 90 of the city's 100 subway stations have been given a dazzling makeover by over 150 artists, who have been let loose over the last 55 years.