Anyone seeking to be reminded of how we used to work not so very long ago should take the 10-minute tram journey from Birmingham’s newly revamped Grand Central Station to the city’s Jewellery Quarter, where every other shop is a jeweller and the close-knit atmosphere of a neighbourhood once closed to the wider city lingers on.
Bicycles are as close as it gets to the perfect blend of form and function — but that doesn’t stop designers seeking to make them sleeker, faster and funkier. As such, they are ideal subject-matter for the Design Museum in the Belgian city of Ghent, whose Bike to the Future, despite the corny title, is a wide and even subtle exploration of cycling design and its enormous impact.
What exactly is the essence of Belgium? Far harder to pin down than French chic or English sang-froid, the nation’s uneasy mix of Walloon and Flemish, surreal and down-to-earth, all miraculously held together, is perfectly encapsulated by the Atomium – a giant, futuristic structure on the northern edge of Brussels.
Archive 2010 Helen Donlon interviews Hipgnosis: Storm Thorgerson and Aubrey ‘Po’ Powell
A London Grip online exhibition – Taken by Storm Included are images for bands such as Led Zeppelin, Muse, Pink Floyd, Peter Gabriel, The Mars Volta, The Cranberries, Biffy Clyro, 10cc, Ian Dury, Offspring, Yes – and many others.
For forty years Storm Thorgerson’s album covers and films have created the visual images we associate not only with the greatest rock bands, such as Pink Floyd, but with our times.