The Big ?
Where is the biggest
punctuation mark in Ipswich?
Like the nearby modern characters on 'The
Mill' tower block on Albion Wharf, the Wet
Dock boasts another piece of new
lettering (in two different forms) outside the Waterfront building of
The University of Suffolk (formerly University
College Suffolk). Here is the view of 'the dark side' looking towards
Fore Street. Once again, we include it on a 'historic' lettering site,
because it may become just that.
Once again with modern
sculpture (see also Maggi Hambling's
sadly the epithet 'controversial' must be used to describe this
artists Langlands & Bell were commissioned by UCS to create
two-part piece on its Ipswich waterfront campus as part of the
development contract for the site which specified inclusion of a
'significant piece of public art'. A big fuss followed about the cost
and the money being better spent on public toilets, or something.
The materials used are black basalt and white marble with a
steel armature; the work
is intended to link the university’s northern and southern
We like it a lot.
[UPDATE 19.8.2012: Above right- The Big Query as
climbing-frame on a very hot Maritime Ipswich Weekend.]
second part of the
artwork is a large, changing LED display situated at the top of the
north campus, just across the road, designed to "link conceptually and
visually with the piece of sculpture". The punctuated word 'QUESTION?'
can be read from dusk onwards with each character being shown,
brilliantly lit, in sequence at the top of the tall chimney just behind
the Long Street building (which formerly housed the Suffolk College
Students Union). It is visible from – and lines up with – the Big
Query sculpture, but
unfortunately the extremes of light levels made it impossible to take a
readable photograph of both elements. Our image is a composite. We
wonder whether the LED will be
obscured by leaves on the interposing trees during the summer. The
letters are illuminated in bright sunshine, so
presumably it runs 24 hours a day.
[UPDATE: the illuminated
'Q-U-E-S-T-I-O-N?' ceased to function during 2013.]
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