In the papers today: 13.02.08. Frankenstatues are on the rampage
'Frankenstein statues are stalking the streets' screams The Times, in a story which goes on to quote Soane Museum director Tim Knox at length.
The Monument to the Unknown Construction Worker near Tower Hill looks, says Knox, like 'a gigantic Village People-style navvy', while the embracing couple at St Pancras Station are likened to 'truly horrific' lizard-like figures the size of a terraced house.
Knox is calling for artistic controls on public art to combat the proliferation of these 'horrors'.
Over in the Guardian , Stuart Maconie is rhapsodising about the Angel of the North. Maconie also takes the opportunity to deliver a not-undeserved shoeing to Brian Sewell, who, Maconie says, has been 'characteristically dismissive about the piece, as he has been… of any venture that takes arts funding outside of the London postcodes'.
Meanwhile, the Telegraph reports on the unveiling of a £1 million statue of a rearing horse in Denver, USA, which cost its creator his life. Luis Jimenez was killed when a large piece of the 9m-high glass-fibre statue broke off and crushed him.
Tom Dyckhoff is on fine form in The Times , with his review of the 'appallingly designed' Cité de l'Architectureet du Patrimoine architecture museum in Paris. 'Ironically, the Cité's biggest problem is its architecture', says Dyckhoff of the 23,000m2 monster museum, which sounds like a decent continental counterpoint to London's Frankenstatues.
In Birmingham, according to the Financial Times, business people are too embarrassed to greet clients at the 'decrepit' New Street Station, so a £400 million revamp is on the cards.
If all this talk of gargantuan, city-specific, ego-centric architecture is too much, turn to the Telegraph to read about the return of the village green. Apparently housebuilders consider green playing areas to be a great selling point in developments, and applications for protected 'village green' status have more than doubled in the past year.
And the heart-warming story of the day concerns the sadly missed John Peel, whose dying wish, says the Telegraph , has been granted. The lyrics 'Teenage dreams so hard to beat', from the Undertones' Teenage Kicks, have been carved into the great man's headstone. 'It took a long time to find a traditional type of Yorkstone I knew John would like', says his widow Sheila. 'I didn't want anything modern.'