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Lost in the fog

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Antony Gormley may well be the toast of the town when it comes to Joe Public, but when it comes to the eternally discerning architect he is, well, toast. The sculptor’s exhibition at the Hayward Gallery has been a tremendous success, but when poor old engineering firm Elliot Wood threw its summer bash there – complete with a private viewing of the installation – it attracted less than half the number of guests expected. Astragal turned up to the party looking forward to losing his way in Gormley’s foggy box, only to find the reception table covered in name tags. More than 150 guests failed to turn up. Perhaps it was for the best though. Once Astragal finished his seventh glass of bubbly, his impression of Gorillas in the Mist did not go down well at all.

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