O/T idle thoughts on Leeds architecture

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Re: O/T idle thoughts on Leeds architecture

Postby eric olthwaite » Fri Dec 08, 2017 12:51 pm

eric olthwaite wrote:I'm sure we've been here before, but I fucking loathe Heatherwick. Toytown bullshit.

I guess what interests me in design is how you react to something the hundredth time you see it. Heatherwick's all about the one time immediate impact. It's like meeting a bloke who tells you the same joke, everyday, forever.


Oh, so he's a dodgy dishonest twat too.

Who'da thunk it?

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Re: O/T idle thoughts on Leeds architecture

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Re: O/T idle thoughts on Leeds architecture

Postby eric olthwaite » Wed Feb 14, 2018 4:50 pm

Just mulling over the fact that the Angel of The North is 20 years old and coincidentally it's 30 years this month (I think) since Leeds CC pulled the plug on Anthony Gormley's brick man project in Holbeck Triangle.

I was a student at the time and remember the exhibition of shortlisted entries in (what was then) Bond Street Shopping Centre. I thought it was great. The comments from the councillor who helped kill it were very much symptomatic of a certain kind of 'Yorkshire-ism' at the time (talking about people who were against it):

Their common sense contrasts sharply with the airy-fairy views of celebrities who don't live within 100 miles of the city.


Had it been built I think it would have become a potent symbol for Leeds and ultimately much loved. Hey ho.

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Re: O/T idle thoughts on Leeds architecture

Postby JimbobMaloney » Wed Feb 14, 2018 5:02 pm

Yes, oddly I've been thinking about the brick man recently too - i think it would have been ace. A real missed opportunity.
There have been plans to build a full size lighthouse (not sure if it's on the same site or not but I think it might be) as part of the European capital of culture bid. Sounds like it will still go ahead (despite us getting kicked out of that compo) funded by local businesses.

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Re: O/T idle thoughts on Leeds architecture

Postby the flying pig » Wed Feb 14, 2018 5:04 pm

i don't think he looks awful for £800k, even at those days' prices, depending on how much it'd have cost to maintain etc.

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Re: O/T idle thoughts on Leeds architecture

Postby Oheddieeddie » Wed Feb 14, 2018 5:24 pm

Never seen that before, and I love it.

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Re: O/T idle thoughts on Leeds architecture

Postby Quiffy » Wed Feb 14, 2018 5:57 pm

i was doing my gcse art back in the day and remember seeing the plans as i regularly loitered round the art gallery. definite missed opportunity to create a landmark in a city with so few.
increasing doubt, decreasing hope, even my imaginary friend went and changed his mind.

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Re: O/T idle thoughts on Leeds architecture

Postby Phil LUFC » Wed Feb 14, 2018 7:00 pm

Could have gone on the new LUFC crest that, had it been built obviously.

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Re: O/T idle thoughts on Leeds architecture

Postby Blackwhite » Wed Feb 14, 2018 7:00 pm

Is that small study for it still in the Henry Moore?
You know, I'm sick of following my dreams, man. I'm just going to ask where they're going and hook up with 'em later.

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Re: O/T idle thoughts on Leeds architecture

Postby Man Called Sun » Thu Feb 15, 2018 6:40 pm

Blackwhite wrote:Is that small study for it still in the Henry Moore?

It was in the art gallery. I dunno if it’s still on display after their recent refurbishment.
Fucking lovely it is. If we had that and a tram system the place might be a bit more fucking pleasant eh?
Float like a butterfly and sting like one.

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Re: O/T idle thoughts on Leeds architecture

Postby Blackwhite » Thu Feb 15, 2018 6:45 pm

Ah cheers, you're right, yes.

Not seen the refurb.
You know, I'm sick of following my dreams, man. I'm just going to ask where they're going and hook up with 'em later.

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Re: O/T idle thoughts on Leeds architecture

Postby eric olthwaite » Mon Apr 23, 2018 9:57 am

More news on the nowhere-ing of Holbeck

Will include the tallest tower in Leeds apparently. A bit more here and here

Not necessarily opposed to big towers per se, but many cities have some sort of clustering / distant views policy whereas LCC seem content to allow random fuckers anywhere. Bit half arsed.

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Re: O/T idle thoughts on Leeds architecture

Postby eric olthwaite » Wed May 16, 2018 9:23 am

Random question, but are any 'ballers from / live in Halifax and are members of eg local history groups on Facebook or similar?


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