In the papers today: 06.02.08
The Independent reports that the Chapman brothers' latest creation will be a 'an idiosyncratic version of the Bible's most dramatic and contested book' – the Book of Revelation. The pair are famous for their swastika-shaped sculpture Hell, which, rather fittingly, burnt in the Momart storage-depot fire of 2004. With the apocalyptic subject matter of Revelation, one can only speculate what kind of end this work may meet...
Elsewhere in the art world, sticking with disputed canons, the Financial Times reports that 'urban art has now officially entered the mainstream', thanks to an auction held last night of a number of works by Banksy and Adam Neate.
More apocryphal goings-on are reported by a letter in the Telegraph . The correspondent, a Mr John Cetti of Barnet, Hertfordshire, had his interest piqued by reports of the new Ebbsfleet station on the Eurostar route. After trying in vain to find Ebbsfleet on his British Road Atlas, his AA route map and Google, he telephoned National Rail Enquiries. The response was: 'It doesn't exist yet, it is just a muddy field!'.
In The Times Richard Morrison fulminates about the ubiquity of shopping-mall sprawl, paying particular attention to 'Liverpool's waggishly-named "Paradise project",' and asks, 'must the local authorities we elect really be so spineless in the face of big business?'
News in the Evening Standard is unlikely to fill Morrison's heart with joy. Last night's edition reports that supermarket Waitrose has won the go-ahead for a £110 million scheme to 'reshape the heart of Hammersmith' in west London. But Waitrose did beat rival Tesco to the contract, which had plans for the first-ever Tesco department store. Meanwhile in Battersea, south London, the surprisingly scruffy London Heliport is due for a fit out, including a 70-bedroom boutique hotel.
And further along the river, the Standard reports that several architects and engineers 'have been asked to come up with options for a Thames crossing to the east of Dartford Tunnel and Queen Elizabeth II Bridge'.
And that is all. Happy Lent.