So, the Grand Theft Auto-toting Designer of the Year shortlist was unveiled on the same day as the Home Secretary’s summit on gun crime. Caught in the crossfire of coincidence? Or a bit of collision course news management?
‘One of the most impressive things about [the design] is the way it treats architecture, which is very realistic and alluring’, said Design Museum director Alice Rawsthorn gamely.
Culture minister Kim Howells (he of Turner Prize ‘conceptual bullshit’ fame) might have said the same about its ultra-violence. Indeed, he pointed the finger at the ‘heartlessness’ of ‘bloodspattered’ computer games like Grand Theft Auto: Vice City the very next day.
Should make for interesting small talk, come June, if Howells and Rawsthorn share a table at the awards bash.