Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Going for gold in Bexhill-on-Sea

I have to confess that the run up to the 2012 London Olympics has me pretty nonplussed really, especially the bewildering greed and opportunism of the sponsors that have hitched themselves on the back of the whole event. That said one or two things have actually managed to capture my imagination, like this piece/installation by sculptor Richard Wilson that is part of the cultural olympiad, a series of artyfarty events running in tandem to the sporting one. Perched on the roof of the De La Warr Pavillion in Bexhill-on-Sea is his piece "Hang On A Minute Lads, I've Got A Great Idea..." a brilliant tongue in cheek balancing act.
Eddie Izzard who helped fund the piece says "By the end of 2012 I would hope that the word goes out from our country that not only do we run excellent world events, but also we balance coaches on the edges of buildings like no one else ever could.” Well said Eddie, at the end of this expensive, frenzied Olympic fortnight when all the golds, silvers and bronzes are counted we will indeed boast that we can balance a coach on the edge of a building like no one else.