25 May 2011

Clerkenwell Design Week 2011

For the last couple of days, myself and a few work colleagues have been having a look around the various features of this years Clerkenwell Design Week. The highlight had to be the opening of the Clerkenwell House of Detention, which is conveniently just down the road. I had heard of this place before as it's reportedly the most haunted place in England, however the website states it's been closed to the public since 2000.

There is a great quote from the site;

"The House of Detention closed its doors to the public in 2000 when Customs and Excise Boarded the place up owing to the managements failure to pay their VAT. The prison had seen years of neglect and on one occasion I was taking a group around when the Police turned up to arrest the manager for fraud! As my group and the police entered through the front door the manager made a quick exit out of the back door. All very strange!"

It was great to finally get a look around, walking through the darkened damp corridors and cells you really get a sense of what it could have been like, three or four hundred years ago.


Clerkenwell Design Week 2011
Clerkenwell Design Week 2011 - Clerkenwell house of detention
Clerkenwell Design Week 2011 - Clerkenwell house of detention
Clerkenwell Design Week 2011 - Clerkenwell house of detention
Clerkenwell Design Week 2011 - Clerkenwell house of detention

Walking through St Johns gate we came across a Lulu Guiness installation which turns out to be part of a Facebook 'Be a pinup' competition. After a minute or two of pondering what shape to make, Jonny and Bora ended up creating this rather abstract motif. Make of it what you will.

Lulu Guiness - Be a pin up

The last day is the 26th May (today) so you better be quick, photos are up on Flickr here.

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