Friday, January 28, 2011

Festival of Britain: The Sphere

An amazing copy of the magazine, The Sphere, from June 1951, the Festival of Britain edition. That cover just leaps off the page. The post-War sense of colour and confidence really shows through. Inside, of course, lots more about the Festival but I was particularly impressed by a couple of photos showing the light display on the South Bank.
It's odd how times have changed. Given today's concern for the environment, one can't imagine a vast furnace of light being used as a form of installation art work in the open spaces of London. In fact, it's easier to imagine that an artist or designer asked to work with a public space in London at night on the theme of light, might instead, be tempted to turn all the lights off.

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