I finally got over to Blackpool last month to see The Comedy Carpet in all it's glory. It was towards the end of the day and the late was fading but it looked amazing in the evening sunset.
The mammoth 2200m sq artwork was comissioned by Blackpool Council as part of their seafront regeneration and is located on the promenade directly across from the tower. It was created by artist Gordon Young and his team who hand-cut 160,000 granite letters for the piece which incorporates, jokes, lines from songs and catch phrases from over 1000 comedians and comedy writers.
Hand-cutting each letter and setting them into concrete along with using a limited colour palette has given the piece an almost letterpress feel - you can see the slight indentations of each letter and it really makes you want to touch it (or maybe that's just me). It really is worth a visit, these pictures don't really do it justice or show just how vast it is.
You can read all about the project here, the team, the research, the design and the planning - it's all there.
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