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WALK THIS WAY

ASTRAGAL

Astragal attended the brilliant 'Seven Walks' - a series of video installations by artist Francis Alÿs - in the Neo-Classical splendour of 21 Portman Square, designed by Robert Adam's talented brother James.

Far and away the best 'walk' is Guards, which traces the tracks of 64 Coldstream Guards as they walk around the City of London. The soldiers move aimlessly around the City as individuals, but when they meet each other they fall into step and begin marching around the ghostly, empty streets. Taking in the Barbican and Bank when shot from the point of view of the guards or from high up in the City 'rafters', this is a novel portrayal of how cold and often empty cities can be. Well worth an outing.

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