As featured in Read Me (p51), the Comedy Carpet was created by artist Gordon Young, and designed in collaboration with Why Not Associates in 2011. Sited in front of Blackpool Tower (Lancashire, England) the Comedy Carpet is a celebration of comedy, language, writing and typography on a truly extraordinary scale.
Referring to the work of more than 1,000 comedians and comedy writers, the carpet gives visual form to jokes, songs and catchphrases dating from the early days of variety to the present. The 2,200 square-metre work of art contains over 160,000 granite letters embedded into concrete, pushing the boundaries of public art and typography to their limits.
A remarkable homage to those who have made the nation laugh, it’s also a stage for popular entertainment that celebrates entertainment itself.
The £2.6m Comedy Carpet was commissioned by Blackpool Council as part of the multi-million pound regeneration of the sea front including vital sea defence works. It was funded by CABE (Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment) as part of it’s Sea Change programme.
See the Comedy Carpet website for further info and images of this wonderful piece of public art.
We absolutely love it.