Future Flower

6 April 2010

I am slightly worried about the birds that will crash into it but I still think this Future Flower is absolutely beautiful. Designed by the talented and award-winning Tonkin Liu and commissioned by Halton Borough Council, this piece of art can be found on the banks of the River Mersey in Widnes, Cheshire.

With its arrival it symbolises the beginning of the transformation and regeneration of the area. It is hoped that the 4.5 metre-wide wind-powered metallic flower will spur repopulation of the waterfont by nature and by people. Sixty low-voltage LED lights are woven into the flower which are powered by three mini wind-turbines attached to the stem.

I’ll stop gushing now and let you enjoy the beautiful design with a selection of images.

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London’s Olympic Icon or Coiled Turd?

31 March 2010

The unveiling of Anish Kapoor’s London Olympic Tower has by far been in the most talked about piece of art – if you can call it that – in the architecture and design world of late. Within seconds of the seeing it, the good and the great of the industry were frantically and incessantly tweeting away about it. Nearly a 1000 viewers had already seen the twitpic image by 9 am. And let me assure you, none of them liked it.

I am a big fan of Kapoor. His work is intellectually and visually engaging. His recent exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts was fantastic. So what the hell happened here? Why has this gone horribly wrong? Boris Johnson claimed that the sculpture would be the Eiffel Tower of London. But that’s not the case at all. Where is the simplicity, the purity of structure that the Eiffel Tower has? Why is the structure so clunky? Why is it of such a massive scale? What is its purpose?

This is one of the hundreds of tweets I read about this ugly and banal piece of public art which is destined to become a eye sore for London:

Richest Man + Wankiest Sculptor = FUCKTASTROPHE.

Here are some images to prove it.

Sameera Hanif is now Twittering away

31 March 2010

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The Tank

16 March 2010

Now, I admit that when I younger I liked Pharrell Williams. I liked his music. I often found it to be experimental at a time when R ‘n’ B music was becoming increasingly  commercial and mainstream. It was all becoming to sound the same. In the music industry he was considered to be a talented rapper and producer. I agreed, But then I grew out of R ‘n’ B and Pharrell Williams. However, those in the music industry still laud him as one of the best.

So now imagine my horror when I saw this monstrosity.

And now imagine my shock when I find out who designed it. Yep, you guessed it.

Now, my question is this: why are celebrities allowed to do this? This chair is obviously hideous. Why is he being allowed to unleash it on to us? Why do people, particularly our ‘celebs’ not realise the bounds of their talents? Maybe I’m being cynical but it really seems to be that he is able to design and exhibit this simply because he is famous and he has the money. And that’s what’s really frustrating because there are so many truly talented designers out there who are struggling to get things made and promote them properly because they just don’t have the funding.

So here’s a tip Gallerie Emmanuel Perrotin: why not fund and showcase some real talent?

Londoners’ Secrets

11 March 2010

We all have secrets. Tigers Woods kept his for many a year before they got out!
Ever wondered what secrets the person sitting on the train next to you in hiding? The girl in front of  you in the queue in Eat at lunch today?

As I learned, everyday Londoners going about their daily business are a very naughty but hilarious bunch indeed. Listen up and find out.

Londoners’ secrets

And add your secrets here!

How true is this!?

25 February 2010

Once again, this brilliant image has been taken from le cool. You can subscribe to their weekly listing of the hippest happenings in London here.

Sovereignty and security? No, we care more about footballers.

23 February 2010

I am amazed at how quickly the supposed “diplomatic row” brewing between Israel and Britain has blown over. If anything it seems that it never amounted to much in the first place. Lest you have forgotten, this is the case of the forged British passports by  (widely believed to be) the Israeli secret service agents to assassinate the Hamas official. In fact I wouldn’t blame you if you have forgotten entirely considering the amount of coverage this has received in the media lately. I am intrigued by how few column inches this important story is getting; after all isn’t it fair to say that this fiasco strikes at the heart of our sovereignty and security? Importantly, given the media’s tendency of muslim bashing, would this still have been the case if the roles were reversed and the group of assassins in question were of an Islamic background and the target an Israeli? Now, call me biased, but I fear not. I’d like to know more about what David Milliband is doing about this and for the media to report it. For now it seems that Israel’s ambassador has been “unable to assist” and the media is far more concerned with Cheryl Cole finally dumping Ashley Cole.

Affairs and apologies. I’d like to know who cares.

19 February 2010

Really don’t understand why US TV networks felt compelled to stop all normal programming to air Tiger Woods’ apology!

Funny or offensive? You decide.

11 February 2010

Image taken from Liberal Conspiracy

An interview with a vampire. No politician. Same thing.

4 February 2010

Very excited about interviewing George Galloway this morning! Interestingly everyone I have spoken to about him all think he is a real loss to mainstream UK politics and someone who has been thoroughly misrepresented by the British media. As a certain architect I work with put it: “I really think the media has f**ked him over”.

Listening to him, I found myself agreeing with pretty much all of George Galloway’s politics. An outspoken socialist, a passionate opposer of the two wars we have bound ourselves in and a relentless critic of imperialism, I really felt he brought something unique to our political system. A couple of Gallowayisms. When asked by his office assistant if he had tried the peppermint tea he was sent from Syria, he looked at me and quipped: I don’t eat or drink anything anyone sends me; they could be sending it out of the goodness of their heart or trying to kill him. Wise or extremely paranoid, I asked. You can be the judge of that, the experience politician retorted. Not about to fall into that trap, I changed the subject and thanked him for meeting me instead! Later explaining to me why he hates British imperialism, he says “when I was young, I once went to my grandfather and said the teacher at school was saying that the British had an empire on which the sun never set, to which my grandfather replied “that’s because God would never trust the British in the dark”!”  Sharp wit ran in the family it seems.

A fuller report on the interview to follow soon.

In the mean time here is a video of that memorable bollocking he gave the US Senate.