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Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Ugly giant furniture mars Hampstead Heath

Ugh! Some of my novel is set on Hampstead Heath so I have a fondness for it. The Telegraph of London writes people either love it or hate it. Put me in the hate it catagory:

The north London suburb of Hampstead, the subject of jokes and envy in equal measure, is to have this 30ft high table and chair installed on its famous heath for the summer. The sculpture, designed by the Italian artist Giancarlo Neri, is called The Writer and is intended to be "a monument to the loneliness of writing". Neri chose Hampstead because of its literary fame, but the authorities refused permission in 2003 and The Writer has stood in the grounds of the Villa Ada in Rome since then.
Don't get me wrong. I can appreciate a tribute to the loneliness of the writer. And certainly the original Dracula helped give Hampstead Heath a great deal of its literary fame. But a giant desk and chair?


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