Artist Richard Wilson attempts to use architecture as the ultimate canvas with his forthcoming piece ‘Hang On A Minute Lads, I’ve Got A Great Idea…‘, an installation that will sit atop Bexhill’s celebrated De La Warr Pavilion. The piece balances a replica of the locally-built Harrington Legionnaire in a recreation of the final scene – and dialogue – from The Italian Job. Wilson talks about his piece here, and has described it as being a ‘cinematic moment as a sculpture … not just about a structural daring but more a metaphor about the absolute limits of anything, being engaging. Being a red white & blue coach makes it a flag waving work for the Olympics’.
It’s disingenuous to posit a link between ‘Hang On A Minute Lads…’ and other classics of the architecture-as-canvas genre, such as Erwin Wurm’s 2006 House Attack in Vienna, Gormley’s Event Horizon, Banner and Kohn’s current Room for London on the South Bank and any number of others. ‘Hang On A Minute Lads…‘ is of course a great British cultural allusion, albeit a rather more populist one than the dark heart of colonialism that runs through the Banner/Kohn collaboration. But what all these works do is reclaim buildings as a canvas, transforming the city into one of spectacle and the unexpected. Naturally, all this comes at a price, and the thrill of discovery is perhaps tempered by any understanding of the web of sponsorship and funding that has to be put in place for any kind of ‘spontaneous’ object to be put in place.
Other things. Twisted yet logical fan theories: ‘The original Scooby Doo series is set after a horrible economic depression. Everything is abandoned and falling apart, and all of the villains are people who would normally be really respected (professors, museum curators, celebrities) who have fallen into hard times just like everyone else. How many times have the gang helped someone NOT go out of business?’ / Paper works by Simon Schubert / Mappery brings together lots of maps / a history of the Teasmade / Keep Calm Must Stop, a noble sentiment but rather too late in the day.