Created by artist Gordon Young, with typography by Why Not Associates, the Comedy Carpet is a celebration of comedy on an 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. Sited in front of Blackpool Tower, the 2,200m2 work of art contains over 160,000 granite letters embedded into concrete, pushing the boundaries of public art and typography to their limits.
A generation of memories, recorded on magnetic tape Good moments to savour, and bad ones to escape. Static-y audio and dull palettes that bled, All fading away on a format that’s dead.
Your life painstakingly recorded so you can remember it always, On cheap tape that rots on a shelf, and no longer plays. Temporary technology meant the recordings don’t last So all of our VHS memories have been left in the past.
As more times passes, your youth becomes harder to recall And now there’s no proof you had a childhood at all.