A “Comedy Carpet” featuring the catchphrases, jokes and names of more than 1,000 comedians has been unveiled at the foot of Blackpool Tower.
It features 160,000 individually-cut letters spelling out the phrases. The engraved letters vary in size from a few centimetres, to almost a metre in height, so the piece can be seen nearby and also from a height – at the top of Blackpool Tower.
The beautiful letters were cut from granite and concrete and then arranged on paper layout sheets and concrete poured around them to set them into paving slabs.
The installation was also featured in Creative Review this month, and to pay homeage to it, CR asked Andy Altmann of Why Not to take their coverlines and create a layout. He had the letters cut at the same Hull factory and then shot the result at PSC in London.
Last week I finally got round to checking out the Kenneth Grange exhibition at the Design Museum. The exhibition was filled with an incredible body of work, but what makes Kenneth Grange’s work so special is how broad it is. From Parker pens to Trains for British Rail, Kenneth Grange has done it and done it amazingly well!
It just so happens while I was there Pentagram had arranged an event, which saw the man himself give a talk and a guided tour of the exhibition. Although I wasn’t there for the talk I did catch some of the guided tour which was pretty unique and gave a great insight into the great mans work ethic.
"We’re working on a series of paintings that strip famous logos back to their basic graphic forms. Creating pieces that we think are artworks in their own right. Recognise any?
The recent interest in this project has taken us by storm. We’ve had many requests from people who want to know if they can buy the artworks. We’re still in the midst of painting the range so as soon as we have more news we’ll post it on this site.”