Let's make Lionel Richie bigger
Public art causes no shortage of gripes. People often dismiss it as pointless, some may say a waste of money, others, in some cases, brand it ugly. Though something that can’t fail to raise a smile, surely, is a huge wooden head of Lionel Richie. Which says, of course, ‘hello’.
Enterprising Barcelona-based collective Hungry Castle has designed a giant Lionel Richie installation for his hometown in Alabama. Buoyed by the firm belief that the Dancing on the Ceiling maverick ‘deserves a grand gesture, it has created a wooden sculpture entitled the Lionel Vinyl Head, which can hold an entire 7” record.
Now, it wants to ‘make Lionel bigger’ – ten feet bigger, in fact – and transform it into a piece of public art. It’s hoped that at its larger size, the piece can house a giant vinyl record spinning while a phone rings in the centre of his head. One by one, visitors can ‘enter the Lionel experience’, pick up the phone and hear Lionel croon, naturally, ‘Hellooooo.’
Hungry Castle’s eventual goal is to install the Big Lionel Vinyl Head in Lionel Richie’s place of birth in Tuskegee, Alabama.
‘We want every person from Tuskegee and beyond to see this big tribute sculpture and be able to publicly enjoy Lionel’s awesome musical genius’, it says.