Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Giant's Causeway Flags

Would you pay £150,000 to have an area of outstanding natural beauty despoiled by more than 100 flags? That's what the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad and the Northern Ireland Tourist Board have done, coughing up £75,000 each to pay German "artist" Hans Peter Kuhn to create an art installation thingy called Flags at the Giant's Causeway (CLICK). The flags are red on one side and yellow on the other, so they appear to change colour as the wind varies. Wow! At roughly £1,500 each, they should do something more than just hang there limply. This brings me to the asinine quote of the month: "What Hans Peter has achieved is having a conversation with the rocks themselves” (Cian Smyth, London 2012 creative programmer). Some achievement! Complete insanity.


At 2/9/12, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a terrible blot on our lovely landscape, who allowed this to happen should be held to account.
I have been going to the causeway for 60 years and this has just spoilt all the lovely visits in the past. They should be removed immediately.

At 2/9/12, Blogger Coxsoft Art said...

I agree. It's all down to the Arts Council, which funded all these insane projects for the London Olympiad Festival 2012. I assume the flags will be removed when the festival is over.

At 15/9/12, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Meaningless tosh which spoils one's appreciation of the natural beauty of the Causeway and its setting. It was grossly irresponsible of the NT to allow it to be installed and a dereliction of its duty of care for a heritage landscape not to insist on its immediate removal.

At 15/9/12, Blogger Coxsoft Art said...

Absolutely. And a refund of £150,000 wouldn't go amiss either. NT is always asking for donations. I'm sure it could use £150,000 much more wisely than the Arts Council.


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