While Mayor Yuri Luzhkov has threatened to axe the great man’s projects for the city library and high-rise hotels in previous altercations, he praises this design for being ‘innovative’ in differing from all those boring ‘squares and cubes’ from other applicants. Others have been less supportive, likening the design to a ‘dahlia stuck in a string bag’ and wistfully wondering: ‘Why does it have to settle on us?’ They might find some sympathy from the Independent’s Terence Blacker, who praises the protectionism of the Nimby contingent.
The distinctly non-Nimby Bournemouth Flame Christian Council’s millennial gift to the town, the ‘Eternal Flame’, may be updated with an LED globe, report the Guardian and the Telegraph. The Olympian-style flame, which previously flickered above the 4.5m-high monument in the town square, has been snuffed out due to an £8,000 annual gas bill and carbon-emission concerns. London’s Olympic officials might do well to learn a lesson here, though there may be less ceremony involved in lighting an LED torch.
The Chinese Olympics committee has previewed a collaborative work between Ai WeiWei and Herzog & de Meuron at the Jinhua Sculpture Park, says Time. Closer to home, the Independent's Tom Lubbock anticipates the opening of the new Saatchi Gallery premises in their new Chelsea Barracks setting.