Sunday, October 31, 2010
Friday, October 29, 2010
Infamous Early Eighties T.V. advert for Cumbernauld:
Cumbernauld is one of 5 Scottish 'New Towns' designated by the Clyde Valley Regional Plan after the Second World War, to alleviate Glasgow's chronic housing problems. The others were East Kilbride, Glenrothes, Livingston and Irvine.
It is the most clear example of a Modernist new town vision in the U.K. Cumbernauld is dominated by the hill-top 'town centre', a 'megastructure' designed and planned by Geoffrey Copcutt. Residential satellite neighbourhoods cluster around the centre. In the original centre, cars and pedestrians were kept almost entirely separate. Cumbernauld had no pedestrian crossings or zebra crossings. Instead, pedestrians accessed the indoor town centre by a network of overpasses and underpasses. The town centre was designed to incorporate the municipal, commercial and entertainment needs of the planned 50,000 population. However, Geoffrey Copcutt's initial plan was only realised up to phase 1. The stark concrete was eventually painted white 'to brighten it up'.
Cumbernauld 'wins' the most dismal town in Britain 2001 & 2005.
Aerial Footage of Cumbernauld:
Cumbernauld Town Centre:
Cumbernauld is home to the band 'The Dykeenies' and the town features in a lot of their videos.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
He studied painting under Axel Jørgensen and Einar Nielsen at the Royal Danish Academy of Art. He also studied sculpture there under Einar Utzon-Frank. He painted The Old Oak in Wolfvalley in 1924. This was his first oil painting.
In 1949 he joined COBRA and participated in some of their exhibitions. He developed an international reputation exhibiting across Europe and North America. The film A Year with Henry was made by Jens Jørgen Thorsen and Jørgen Roos and premiered in 1967. Heerup was appointed a Knight of the Order of the Dannebrog in 1968. He was also awarded the Eckersberg Medal and the Thorvaldsen Medal, and received the Storm, P. Grant, and NL Stevns Grants.
A Year With Henry Heerup.
Film by Jens Joergen Thorsen from 1968-69