A few days ago I stumbled across the website of the visual artist Gordon Young, where I found his current project, the Comedy Carpet in Blackpool. I don’t want you to miss out on this impressive art work: The Comedy Carpet is located at the foot of Blackpool Tower. It expands over an area of “2.200 square metre artwork made up of jokes, songs, and catchphrases from comedians and writers of British comedy“. You will find of over 1.000 quotations written with more then 160.000 granite letters “embedded into concrete”.
This project was developed by Gordon Young (design) in collaboration with Why Not Associates (design) and PACE (project management). On its official website the Comedy Carpet is described as “a remarkable homage to those who have made the nation laugh, it’s also a stage for popular entertainment that celebrates entertainment itself “. The letters vary in size from a few centimeters to over a meter. Because the requirements for the project where so specific, the Comedy Carpet team had to take care of the production and purchase of many elements themselves. “After several months of research, with input from chemists and engineers, the Comedy Carpet team evolved new techniques and recipes for production including a special white face mix and the perfect blue that wouldn’t fade. They searched far and wide to find materials of the exact quality and consistency; from India, they sourced black and red granite; from China, stainless steel. Although constructed on an industrial scale and making use of new technology, the work also required craft skills of a very high standard. The process of making each of the 320 slabs involved many complex stages from cutting, sorting, fettling and laying out each of the letters to a three-stage casting process, curing, trimming, grinding and polishing.” Here are some more visual impressions:
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