Boy, can the art world shake things up. Trafalgar Square’s fourth plinth needs no introduction to Londoners, who fume at the impertinence of arty intellectuals, such as mayor Ken Livingstone, who wants to stir up the city landscape with weird installations. Soon to have a fourth incarnation as ‘Alison Lapper Pregnant’ by rock artist Marc Quinn, the plinth is becoming a dynamic Postmodern work in its own right. With the help of Arup Associates, it changes shape every 12 months. An overseas visitor was overheard admiring the freshness and openness of a recent plinth work. Ironically, the plinth was between sculptures.
Two immersive installations at Amy: Beyond the Stage from set designer Chiara Stephenson seek to show a different side of the troubled singer.
As the year draws to a close, here is our pick of festive and not-so-festive design events that are not to be missed in December.
Illustration-led puzzle companies speak with us about how they have capitalised on a market which has been supercharged by pandemic lockdowns and a desire to “switch off”.
From colour charting the Beach Boys to a characterful pet food rebrand, these were some of our favourite projects from the past month.