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Ikea Brings the Flat-pack Funny: Trump’s Wall

It’s a small comfort but one that SEEN clings to desperately: turbulent times often result in funny, satirical spoofs. There have been a variety of responses to the American president’s plan to build a continuous barrier between the USA and Mexico. Architects have responded variously: Estudio 3.14 (a Mexican firm) drew up plans for a pink wall inspired by Luis Barragán while Miami studio DOMO Architecture suggested landscaped features.

Satirical news site The Postillion has reported on the excellent Börder Wåll – an affordable alternative to the proposed (up to) $20 billion barrier. The graphic follows the style of a regular Ikea instruction sheet, complete with hundreds of thousands of panels and barbed-wire coils, not to mention the millions of screws but mercifully for the president, only one Allen key. Priced at a mere $9,999,999,999.99, SEEN can only salute Ikea’s capacity to see the funny side and publicise what can only be the first of many bad ideas from the president.

Seen this week

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Sculpture in the City, Art for Everyone

SEEN thoroughly enjoyed a preview of the 18 new artworks around the financial district’s square mile. Set up by The City of London in 2010, this excellent initiative expands its footprint every year, improving the area and proving that when people are happy, they work better.

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Alex Evans at the Foundry Gallery, Chelsea Quarter: LDF17

The astute reader will have noticed that SEEN loves art about London. There are many artists in this city who draw (pun intended) their inspiration from it, none more so than Alex Evans whose fractal renderings hint at the entropic nature of urban life and perhaps also our anxieties and isolation in the 21st century. His latest exhibition ‘Invisible Systems’ can be seen at the Foundry Gallery, tucked away off the King’s Road until 26th October.