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Sunday, January 21, 2007

Park for Park's Sake

The offices of Copeland Borough Council in Whitehaven sport a rather good piece of public sculpture that almost works very well and then manages to pull disaster from the jaws of victory . . . Three ornate sheets of steel and one of glass stand in line, a few yards apart. The glass is engraved with a curious design of dark lines, the steel at the other end is adorned with an obvious key-hole, inviting the viewer to bend down and peep. I did so, and was delighted to find the steel and glass line up beautifully into a map of Copeland with its ward boundaries etched into the glass. Then it all went horribly wrong. Also directly lined up through the glass in the middle distance was the council carpark, plumb in the middle a ticket machine and a large sign saying Pay Here with an arrow pointing directly to Whitehaven on the glass map.


Blogger Arthur Clewley said...

perhaps the chap that designed that is being a little bit subversive nick,surely he specified the exact site and line of sight for the keyhole. what could be more apt than 'pay here' and I bet none of the occupants of that building noticed it

22/1/07 9:22 pm  
Blogger Nick said...

Arthur - yes, I suspect there may have been some satirical intention. Depends whether you believe in the conspiracy theory of history or the cockup theory . .

25/1/07 6:58 pm  

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