Friday, 17 June 2011

Hang On A Minute, Lads, I've Got A Great Idea

Some good news from The Times. The De La Warr have commissioned one of our best known contemporary sculptors, Richard Wilson. He is going to recreate the final scene from the Italian Job, where the coach, loaded with gold bullion is teetering over the edge of a cliff.

This sculpture will be teetering over the Marina in Bexhill-on-Sea, voted Britain's third best seaside town to live in, in 2007. It is part of the London 2012 Festival, the finale of the Cultural Olympiad.

As an ignoramus I find it a great idea, and not surprising that something retro has to be done to show off the best of British design. Just look at that bus. Isn't it like a Rolls Royce in comparison to some of the insipid modern day designs? Perhaps there will be life size figures of the driver in the film - Big William and the gang leader Charlie Croker (Michael Caine).

This could be the start of a sculpture trend. Aeroplanes flying through bridges, trucks crashing into famous landmarks, cars upside down in flower beds ... the possibilities are endless. No doubt the Olympic cultural budget will be bursting at the seams to make this possible.

I look forward to more.

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