Trafalgar Square Crazy Golf Course

Visionary Crazy Golf Trafalgar Square London, Crowd-funding Architecture, Images, Design

Trafalgar Square Crazy Golf Course

Crowd-funding Intervention for Key Civic Space in England – Public Realm UK: British Built Environment

27 Apr 2016

Trafalgar Square Crazy Golf Course

Trafalgar Square Crazy Golf Course

A “futuristic” crazy golf course could be brought to London’s Trafalgar Square after a crowd-funding campaign.

Not an April Fool’s Day joke….London Design Festival is hoping to raise £120,000 for the Visionary Crazy Golf, which has been dreamed up by artists and designers, including the late Dame Zaha Hadid. Paul Smith is the curator and ambassador of the project.

Designer Paul Smith has come up with a colourful design for a hole on Trafalgar Square’s steps:
Trafalgar Square crazy golf course Paul Smith
image © London Design Festival

Festival organisers say it will be “futuristic, functional, fun and free for the public to play”.
Funding permitted, the golf course will run from 16-22 September.

The dates coincide with the London Design Festival.

The ball will travel through the bird’s gut on one hole designed by Ordinary Architecture:
Trafalgar Square crazy golf course Ordinary Architecture
image © London Design Festival

Members of the public who pledge funds, from £5 up to £5,000, will receive rewards, including clothes and mugs, by one of the designers.

Organisers have until 6 June to raise the money.

The design teams involved include Mark Wallinger, Tom Dixon, Camille Walala, Ordinary Architecture, HAT Projects, Neon Studio, and Atelier Bow-Wow.

Each will create a miniature art installation, as part of the golf course, with each one making a statement about the future of architecture.

Dame Zaha Hadid’s undulating course is intended to trace the shadows of Nelson’s Column:
Trafalgar Square crazy golf course Dame Zaha Hadid
image © London Design Festival

Holes include Tom Dixon’s, with its funnel and nest of pneumatic tubes through which golf balls will hurtle; a circuitous maze by Mark Wallinger; and a netted driving range by the Japanese studio Atelier Bow-Wow.

The mayor’s office has given permission for the scheme if funding is secured.

Organisers say the event will fill the square “with Pop Art colours and avant-garde forms”:
Trafalgar Square crazy golf course pop art colours
image © London Design Festival

“For 1 week we want to take over Trafalgar Square, home to Nelson’s Column and the epicentre of London, transforming it into a crazy golf course designed by some of the world’s most renowned architects, artists and designers. It will be futuristic, functional, fun and free for the public to play.

Paul Smith, curator and ambassador for the project, will transform the steps from the National Gallery into a riot of different coloured stripes, topped by a neo-classical clubhouse that echoes the museum, but has a turf roof and putters for columns. The late Zaha Hadid designed an undulating course with two levels that traces the shadow of Nelson’s Column.”

Website: Trafalgar Square Crazy Golf Course

Website: Trafalgar Square Crazy Golf Course in London – BBC article

updated 5 Jan 2016 ; 31 Dec 2015
Palmyra Arch for Trafalgar Square

The Palmyra arch that survived an attack by ISIL is to be replicated in London and New York.

Copies of Temple of Bel entrance in Syria is to be built in Trafalgar Square and Times Square in ‘gesture of defiance’, reports The Guardian.

Trafalgar Square architecture

Palmyra Arch for Trafalgar Square
image : Institute for Digital Archaeology
Replicas of an ancient monument in Palmyra that has apparently survived attempts by Islamic State to demolish it are to be erected in London and New York City.

Palmyra Arch in Syria
photograph : Alamy

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Trafalgar Square

central London
Contains Nelson’s Column, 170 ft high

Trafalgar Square England Trafalgar Square London
photo © Adrian Welch

Trafalgar Square
photograph © Adrian Welch

Aerial photograph looking south:
Trafalgar Square
photo © webbaviation

Olympic Games Information Pavilion Contest, England
Launch : 25 Mar 2011
Olympic Games Information Pavilion Competition

Nelson’s Column, looking south towards Whitehall
Nelson's Column
photograph © Nick Weall

Buildings around Trafalgar Square

National Gallery
Design: William Wilkins, architect
National Gallery
photograph © Adrian Welch

National Gallery

Sainsbury Wing – National Gallery Extension
Design: Venturi, Scott Brown & Associates, architects
Sainsbury Wing
photograph © Adrian Welch

St Martin-in-the-Fields Church
Design: James Gibbs, Architect
St Martin-in-the-Fields Church
photo © Timothy Soar

St Martin-in-the-Fields church building

Nelson’s Column
Nelson's Column Nelson's Column
photographs © Adrian Welch

The name of this major public space in the centre of the British capital commemorates the Battle of Trafalgar, a British naval victory of the Napoleonic Wars over France and Spain which took place in 1805 off the coast of Cape Trafalgar, Cadiz, Spain.

Website: London Design Festival

Location:Trafalgar Square, London, UK

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