Contest #556: the Comedy Carpet in Blackpool, England

The Comedy Carpet in Blackpool was this week’s contest, and generated lots of correct answers. For the prize this week, based on the comedic theme, we will be deducting 2 points from anyone who got it right before the hint and 1 point for those after the hint. In essence, this means you would have been better to not answer or get it wrong.

Now that I have everyone’s attention, it was all a joke – and points will be assigned as normal.

Created by artist Gordon Young, and designed in collaboration with Why Not Associates, the Comedy Carpet is a celebration of comedy on an extraordinary scale. Referring to the work of more than 1,000 comedians and comedy writers, the carpet gives visual form to jokes, songs and catchphrases dating from the early days of variety to the present. Sited in front of Blackpool Tower, the 2,200m2 work of art contains over 160,000 granite letters embedded into concrete, pushing the boundaries of public art and typography to their limits.

Those who found this included (all before the hint):

  • Walter_V_R
  • Sandworm
  • hhgygy
  • Abcdefg Hijkl
  • Garfield
  • Gillian B
  • Rob de Wolff
  • Phil Ower
  • Chris Nason
  • Glenmorren
  • Eloy Cano
  • Jeather
  • Hilde Lambeir

Contest #554: El Helicoide, Caracas, Venezuela

El Helicoide is a building in Caracas, Venezuela. It has the shape of a three-sided pyramid and is built on a hill. It serves as a facility and prison belonging to the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (SEBIN).

It did not start out as a prison. Designed by the architects Pedro Neuberger, Dirk Bornhorst and Jorge Romero Gutiérrez, the idea included a commercial center and exhibition of industries, a 5-star hotel, a park, a club of owners and on the seventh level a show palace. The building would include a 4 km long ramp spiralling around the hill, allowing vehicles to enter the building and park inside of it.

Topped by a dome designed by Buckminster Fuller:

Under construction:

For more info: http://www.amusingplanet.com/2017/06/el-helicoide-shopping-mall-that-became.html?m=1

Found for 2 points:

  • Walter_V_R
  • Eloy Cano
  • rob de wolff
  • Glenmorren
  • Garfield
  • hhgygy
  • Phil Ower
  • Sandworm

And after the hint for 1:

  • Ashwini Agrawal
  • gscrp
  • Paul Voestermans
  • BC11

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Contest #552: the site of the Chicago Spire, Chicago, Illinois, US

The round hole in this week’s contest image is the site of the not-built Chicago Spire, which was intended to be one of the tallest residential buildings in the world. However, due to financial issues, it was shelved and all that is left is s hole.

The hint referred to the rotation of 2.4 degrees of each of the 150 floors, giving a total rotation of 360 degrees from bottom to top.

In recent days, plans have been announced for the construction of two tall towers in this location.

Click here to read Chicago Tribune article from May 15, 2018

The proposed tower:

All there is now:

Found for 2 points, despite the fact that it’s just a hole in the ground:

  • hhgygy
  • Garfield
  • Ben Bayer
  • Phil Ower
  • Walter_V_R
  • Eloy Cano
  • Sandworm
  • rob de wolff
  • Glenmorren

After the hint: