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Visionary Crazy Golf in Trafalgar Square

On the 25th of April, The London Design Festival launched a Kickstarter campaign to bring Visionary Crazy Golf to London’s Trafalgar Square. From 16th – 22nd September 2016, coinciding with the Festival itself, a fun, free and futuristic Crazy Golf course will fill Trafalgar Square with Pop Art colours and avant-garde forms with holes by nine distinguished designers, including Paul Smith, the late Zaha Hadid, Mark Wallinger, and Tom Dixon.

On the 25th of April, The London Design Festival launched a Kickstarter campaign to bring Visionary Crazy Golf to London’s Trafalgar Square. From 16th – 22nd September 2016, coinciding with the Festival itself, a fun, free and futuristic Crazy Golf course will fill Trafalgar Square with Pop Art colours and avant-garde forms with holes by nine distinguished designers, including Paul Smith, the late Zaha Hadid, Mark Wallinger, and Tom Dixon.

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The aim is to raise £120,000 on Kickstarter with the course opening in September as a Landmark project for the London Design Festival 2016, bringing awareness of design and its possibilities to the very centre of London. Members of the public who pledge funds on Kickstarter (anything from £5 to £5,000), will receive limited edition rewards by the artists and designers concerned. This will include specially designed accessories from socks to scarves by one of Britain’s most distinguished designers Paul Smith, the curator and ambassador for the project. Other rewards include tote bags by Camille Walala, Early ‘Birdie’ tickets to play on the course, studio tours and a round of golf with Paul Smith.

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Paul Smith’s opening hole will transform the steps from the National Gallery into a riot of different coloured stripes, topped with a neo-classical clubhouse. Zaha Hadid designed an undulating course with two levels that will snake elegantly between Trafalgar Square’s lions.

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Other hole designs include a giant funnel with pneumatic tubes by Tom Dixon; a twisting maze by Mark Wallinger; a netted driving range by the Japanese studio Atelier Bow-Wow; and a cross-section of a giant pigeon by Ordinary Architecture in which the ball will travel through its body.

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The London Design Festival is a city-wide celebration of design that takes place over nine days every September. Conceived by Sir John Sorrell and Ben Evans in 2003, the concept was to create an annual event to promote the city’s creativity, drawing in the country’s thinkers, practitioners, retailers and educators to deliver a diverse celebration of design.

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The Festival programme is made up of over 400 events and exhibitions staged by over 300 partner organisations across the design spectrum, and from around the world. The Festival also commissions its own Landmark projects and interventions in public spaces across London. Previous Trafalgar Square projects have included The Tournament, a giant ceramic chess set designed by Jaime Hayón.

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This project in Trafalgar Square will only be funded if at least £120,000 is pledged by Tuesday, Jun 7th 2016 at 12:55 AM CEST.

For more information, visit www.londondesignfestival.com and www.kickstarter.com

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