The Long Lens blog: Photography with added snaps

The photography site for sore eyes. With extra writing because I'm also a writer.

Blackpool’s Comedy Carpet

Blackpool_carpet_001
Blackpool_carpet_003
Created by artist Godron Young, Blackpool’s Comedy Carpet is the town’s latest public art project aimed at improving the promenade and changing people’s perception of the town.
It features jokes, catchphrases and one-liners from over 1,000 comedy legends, from W.C Fields to Vic Reeves, and including Peter Cook, Dame Edna and any comedian you ever forgot.
Blackpool_carpet_002
Blackpool_carpet_004
Young was helped by Blackpool’s comedy expert Barry Band, historian and writer Graham McCann, and on the typography and layout by graphic designer Andy Altmann of Why Not Associates. It was installed by Andrew Sawyer and Russ Coleman.
The carpet is a great effort from Blackpool Council (ReBlackpool), easily the best thing they’ve done since the giant mirrorball which was unveiled in 2002.
Blackpool_carpet_005
Blackpool_carpet_006
And finally for you technical lovers, hard facts about the carpet: Five years in the making. Each of the 160,000+ letters has been individually cut from 30mm solid granite or cobalt blue concrete. They’ve been arranged into over 300 slabs and then cast into white concrete panels.
Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Information

This entry was posted on November 29, 2011 by in blackpool, comedy carpet, reblackpool.
%d bloggers like this: