Blackpool has a certain place in the British psyche that is probably quite mystifying to outsiders, The seaside town is associated with a very particular type of UK holiday experience; smutty but silly, sleazy but in a charming way. It has nostalgic connotations of the resort golden age but also a contemporary cache too, a hedonistic enclave in an increasingly homogenised country.
It was the prefect spot for artist Gordon Young and design studio Why Not Associates to create a celebration of the UK’s comedy heritage, but they surpassed all expect ions with the staggering achievement of The Comedy Carpet. Across 2,200 square metres and using 160,000 individually-cut letters, this amazing piece of quintessentially British outdoor art celebrates the work of more than 1,000 comedians, from music hall characters of yesteryear right up to today’s stadium-filling superstars.
Now this gorgeous new book brings to life this brilliant piece, packed with beautiful imagery, initial sketches, behind-the-scenes photos and procedural insights to give you a sense of the massive undertaking. If you’re a fan of comedy, art or graphic design this is a tremendous addition to your bookshelf.
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- Mattis Dovier’s weird and wonderful 8-bit dot animation for XXX’s music video
- Jessica Lehrman's photographic document of social revolution, Black Lives Matter and Occupy Wall Street
- Zoe Kao and Huang Wun-Siang find inspiration in the uncertainty of the design process
- Documenting the world in motion: Lauren Tamaki’s illustrations of modern life
- Benedict Redgrove’s beautifully hypnotic film about how a tennis ball is created
- Tommy Cash subverts the tropes of rap videos with a fleshy celebration of the human body (NSFW)
- Ian Davis’ picturesque paintings of bureaucratic dystopia
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