Created by artist Gordon Young, and designed in collaboration with Why Not Associates, the Comedy Carpet is a celebration of comedy on an extraordinary scale. Referring to the work of more than 1,000 comedians and comedy writers, the carpet gives visual form to jokes, songs and catchphrases dating from the early days of variety to the present. Sited in front of Blackpool Tower, the 2,200m2 work of art contains over 160,000 granite letters embedded into concrete, pushing the boundaries of public art and typography to their limits.
The Making of:
A remarkable homage to those who have made the nation laugh, it’s also a stage for popular entertainment that celebrates entertainment itself.
Watch the full project here.
Ok, this may be a little off-theme, but…it´s important.
From France, “L’ Alliance pour la Planete” (“Alliance for the Earth”), an association of environmental and social justice groups has a simple message for everyone: sacrifice 5 minutes for the planet. You’re asked to join others to switch off all electrical appliances between 19:55 and 20:00 CET on Thursday the 1st of February. (Please do the adjustment for your timezone).
It’s not just about saving 5 minutes’ worth of electricity, but a symbolic gesture to draw attention to our vast consumption of energy and the urgent need to reduce, reuse and recycle.
Why this date you may ask? Well, because tomorrow the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is due to release what is expected will be the strongest and most grave assessment to date of global warming by the world’s experts.
If the Eiffel Tower can do it…so can we!