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Design watch | UK & Europe
Perth ex-pat Emma Phillips has worked in the creative ind ustries for more
than 16 years. Based in London, she covers design for Scoop Homes & Art.
It’s a great year to be British... well, ignoring the terminally gloomy economy, we
have plenty of reasons to be cheerful. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond
Jubilee will give us royal pomp and ceremony (and two extra public holidays) just
before Olympics fever takes hold. The Cultural Olympiad culminates with the
London 2012 Festival and hundreds of arts events, with Damian Hirst headlining
at Tate Modern and Lucien Freud at the National Portrait Gallery. And we are all
eager to be the first to visit the nearly completed Shard, Renzo Piano’s masterful
glass spire that rises 87 storeys into the sky, making it the tallest building in Europe.
BLAZE OF GLORY
Lo ndon -based architect Ian McChesn ey has design ed the public sculptu re
Blaze, a series of upright a no dised alumin u m staves alo ngside the A66 in
Middlesbrou gh, No rth York shire. D eveloped to provide an eye-catching vista
fo r drivers, so me 472 gold-fabricated, light-captu ring baton s, measu ring 35m
lon g, 35m w ide an d 4m tall, are arran ged in rows to create a shape-shifting
illusio n for passe rsby. “Blaze is designed to catch the light in u n usu al ways,
creating a bright sculptural fo rm alo ng the often drear y dual carriageway
lan dscape,” McChesn ey has said of the project. mcchesney.co.uk.
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