Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Transmission 2012

He vowed in his mayoral manifesto to crack down on tall buildings and protect London's 'precious' skyline.

But it seems Boris Johnson is prepared to make an exception to the rule when it comes to sealing his legacy.

The London Mayor is planning a £15million monument intended to rival the Eiffel Tower.

To be built in the Olympic Park in time for the 2012 Games, it has already been nicknamed the 'Piffle Tower' after Mr Johnson's 'inverted pyramid of piffle' comments made when he denied an extra-marital affair in 2004.

Funded by the multi-billionaire steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal, Britain's richest man, the sculpture has attracted designs from some of the country's most famous artists, including former Turner prize winner Anish Kapoor and Antony Gormley, the designer of the Angel of the North, near Gateshead.

A panel is considering five submitted designs, with the winner likely to be announced within a fortnight. One early submission by Paul Fryer shows the epic scale of the project.

Six times taller than the Angel of the North, his proposed sculpture, called Transmission, is almost 400ft tall and features a translucent structure with viewing decks towering above the Olympic Park.

Its steel frame is inspired by a pylon in a possible reference to Mr Mittal's business. It would be lit at night and powered by solar panels.

... The Piffle Tower is part of an extensive cultural programme planned to celebrate the 2012 Olympics.

Twelve public artworks commissioned by the Cultural Olympiad last week include a three-mile plume of vapour rising from a dock in Liverpool, a giant figure of Lady Godiva to be led in procession from Coventry to London, a small 'island' which will be tugged from the Arctic to England to encourage discussion about climate change, and a pair of 30ft crocheted lions.'

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Piffle Tower, at long last! a Recognition and Celebration of my life-work

may one dare hope for inaguration of the Dumbfuck Pagoda?

ah... it is good to be loved

cheers, ray