I spent Sunday morning admiring Antony Gormley's handiwork in and around the Hayward Gallery. Event Horizon puts lots of little Gormleys (as opposed to one big one) across the London skyline. Walking over Waterloo Bridge you catch sight of the first rooftop figure and as soon as you see one you can't help looking around to find them all. I like the way it's proper art, but it's beautiful and playful at the same time. Not for anyone traumatised by Dr Who's Blink although they look pretty placid by comparison.

Inside the gallery there's a variety of other works in case you think he just spends all his time making effigies of himself. Blind Light, a walk-in foggy box is completely disorienting but in a very pleasant way. Like standing in a cloud. Back outside I enjoyed all the Brutalism. Lovely, lovely concrete. Following the debates in this week's BBC Magazine about Britain's most unpopular buildings, I wondered if people still hate the ones on the South Bank or is it okay if they've got art in them? The Hayward Gallery is particularly lovely - proper brutal with all its jutting angles and hard edges. For the rest it's a hard one to call. Of the 4 buildings up for debate I've only seen one - Owen Luder's Get Carter car park in Gateshead. I think it's fab and having parked in it, can attest it does exactly what it's supposed to. It always seems like the same half-arsed debate though - some outraged local who wants to knock it down vs someone from the Twentieth Century Society who doesn't have to look at it every day but reckons it's very important. Having sought out a few carbuncles lately the reality is more complicated, with every building having different pros and cons depending on what and where it is. It would be good to get beyond the mudslinging and talk about it properly 'cause I can't help feeling this isn't helping architecture any. I'm wondering if tomorrow's building will be King of the Carbuncles, Cumbernauld town centre. We went there last week and can see why it provokes strong opinions. Visit report coming soon.

I want to listen to early B&S now..

I always want to listen to early B&S... Lazy Line Painter Jane is probably still my favourite B&S song.

Shame 'Field For The British Isles' didn't make it to the Gormley exhibition - it was excellent, though. 'Blind Light; was a unique experience.

I think the reason the South Bank's Brutalism works is because it's on a pretty human scale - it's not overwhelming. I'm a big fan of the Barbican centre, too. It reminds me of Hong Kong, and the towers are so vast you hardly notice them when you're nearby.

Lazy Line Painter Jane - love the pomp of that swirly organ near the end.

There's never an excuse not to listen to early B&S - and I remember playing Lazy Line Painter Jane as our single of the week for about a month on student radio - 5 minutes of brilliance. Speaking of brutalism, I revisted my old university, UEA in Norwich at the weekend, which if memory serves me right is also Denys Lasdun?? Sure Anne would know


I'm flattered that you think I know stuff like that off the top of my head - had to look it up and you're right. I'll be going there next week - greatly looking forward to it.

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