‘Cultural place-making’ is a phrase that is increasingly bandied about to describe the process by which culture can be used to define an area or a city. More and more of our work here at Four Colman Getty is in the cultural place-making arena; we’re well placed to handle this type of work, of course, because our clients span the whole world of culture rather than just one strand.
Two brilliant examples which I hope you’ve either seen or heard about in September are Totally Thames and Pope’s Urn.
This is our second year of working with Totally Thames, a month-long celebration of the river. A highlight was the launch of The Rising Tide by Jason deCaires Taylor, a series of four 3.3m-tall equine-oil pump hybrid sculptures stationed across 30m in the foreshore at Vauxhall. As the water level of the Thames comes and goes, the four ghostly horses rather wonderfully come into view. The horses attracted some marvellous coverage, as did the many other events including the launch of an installation by The Empathy Museum titled A Mile in My Shoes; a photocall launching Anita Glesta’s large scale projections WATERSHED on National Theatre’s Lyttleton Flyover; the press view of Urban Tales #2, a contemporary opera at London’s only lighthouse; and the hugely anticipated Bascule Chamber Concert, the first ever public event inside Tower Bridge’s bascule chambers.
Poet in the City is a project around the launch of Pope’s Urn, a new piece of public art. Designed by award-winning architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, it is a magnificent new sculpture forming part of the landscaping of Champions Wharf on the Twickenham riverside. Celebrating the fact that Twickenham is hosting the Rugby World Cup this autumn, Poet in the City has been working with the Council to see how public art, inspired by poetry, might be used to enhance the town. Let’s hope it is the first of many such commissions designed to fill our towns and cities with beautiful poetry.
Television highlights in our ever-busy September which you will read more about here include Amanda Foreman’s four-part BBC Two series, The Ascent of Woman, charting the ever-changing role of women in society over the course of 10,000 years. And, on a rather different but equally fascinating topic, we have been working with the Traffic Penalty Tribunal (TPT) who were the subject of a three part ITV series, Parking Wars, this month. Everyone has a parking story to tell and this at times hilarious series sets out to show both sides of the battle over the yellow lines.
We’ve been working again this year with Agatha Christie Ltd on the 125th anniversary of the Queen of Crime’s birth. Central to the celebrations was the exhibition Agatha Christie:Unfinished Portrait at Bankside Gallery, London, featuring many unpublished photographs from the Christie Archive.
We celebrated the exhibition opening with a champagne reception for 150 guests held at Bankside. Themed canapés were created for the evening, served alongside daggers and poisoned perfume bottles, and music was provided by the wonderful vintage gramophone DJ, Auntie Maureen. Mathew Prichard, Agatha Christie’s grandson, used the occasion to announce And Then There Were None as the winning title of an international poll to find the World’s Favourite Christie.
Parties and September go hand in hand of course and another celebration this month was for Sally Clarke, chef and proprietor of Clarke’s in Kensington Church Street.
Her wonderful book, 30 Ingredients, written to mark the 30th anniversary of the restaurant, was serialised in the Observer Food Monthly and The Mail on Sunday YOU Magazine, with features appearing in Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, and on the cover of the Daily Telegraph Weekend, along with an interview on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour.
The launch – beautifully catered for of course! - was attended by high profile restaurateurs and food journalists, with a toast from Charles Saumarez-Smith, long-time friend, client and CEO of the Royal Academy of Arts.
You’ll hear more later about other projects including the Man Booker shortlist and our spectacular party at the Serpentine Pavilion; the British Ceramics Biennial; the Wales Millennium Centre’s 10th anniversary year; the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation; Jack the Ripper walking tours; and Art in the Blood, a brilliant Sherlock Holmes pastiche and debut novel by the American writer Bonnie MacBird.
It’s been a busy sort of September…….
And more to follow in October!