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Posts Tagged ‘Olympic Park’

£19,000,000. That’s Right. 19 Million Pounds.

Posted by cathedralofshit on April 1, 2010

You know what – I’m going to say it. Don’t try and stop me, I’m going to spell it out.

Whilst the world (okay, Britain) goes doolally for the Olympics, the majority of art-fans, (particularly the art-world, who, let’s be honest, aren’t synonymous with sporting excellence) would love to see no tower at the Olympics, but instead 19 million smackers siphoned into arts organisations around the UK. There I said it.
We even wouldn’t mind if the ICA got a bit of that.

That’s for YOU Olympic Park people.

Just think what you could do with £19m…..
£190,000 for 100 British arts organisations.
1900 solo exhibitions.
237.5 artists’ monographs.
1731.2 dynamic gallery websites
380 worthy education programmes
42,222,222.2 Chunky Caramel Kitkats

Here’s that picture again. You choose – Tower or Kitkat? Tower or Kitkat?

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Big Red Swirly Object Dominates News Shocker

Posted by cathedralofshit on April 1, 2010

Isn’t the world wide interweb a great thing? Back in the day, people like the British Council would make decisions and us, the poor public, would be powerless to say anything. But now with the information superhighway, everyone can comment on things. It’s great. Yesterday was dominated by the news that Anish Kapoor is going to build a large red swirly tower in the Olympic Park. Here’s what the public think:

Over at the Evening Standard blog ‘Mark from South East London’ ponders “How about a 115 metre high statue of St. George or even “Pie Mash” to represent London instead of this £19M quids worth of rubbish?” A depressed ‘Louise from Manchester’ rambles “I wonder how many will get trampled to death or suffocate on the tube in the summer of 2012”. Whilst Health and Safety expert ‘Dave from Chertsey’ sagely notes “Don’t glance up at this monstrosity while you are driving by, you’ll end up in a pothole” – although this could be a reference to Kapoor’s Void works from the 1990s.

Meanwhile the Guardian clearly attracts a higher class of art-bloggers who use both puns AND humour. “Misshero” clevely writes, “Eiffel tower? Awful Tower, more like” (geddit?). Meanwhile ‘Zepp’ feels cheated, “Towers are meant to reach for the sky.” Finally ‘ryko25’ sums up what we’re all thinking by this stage “How are these things decided? Do we (the people) never get a say?”
And the answer, is ryko25: NO, YOU NEVER GET A SAY BECAUSE YOU ARE GRUBBY, AND INANE. WE WILL MAKE THE DECISIONS FOR YOU. NOW GET BACK TO WORK!

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Commissioney-type Announcements II

Posted by cathedralofshit on March 31, 2010

We’re pretty shocked at the outcome regarding the competition for the Olympic Park project.
What surprising results! Especially as one of the two proposals is from a public-friendly museum stalwart and mainstream/establishment artist.

What a shame he didn’t win and the prize went to Kapoor.

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Commissioney-type Announcements

Posted by cathedralofshit on March 31, 2010

Two big commissioney-type announcements hitting the radio-waves in CoS’s high-rise here in Homerton:
Mike Nelson for the British Pavilion in Venice.
Anish Kapoor for the Olympic Park
CoS says: one will be a dark, twisty interior space where viewers feel lost and weirded-out. The other a light, twisty interior-exterior space where viewers can eat in the revolving restaurant.

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