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February 06, 2012




All this betrays a lack of serious megalomania. What we need is a bit of bank-art that could inspire a Shelley of the 4th Millennium to write the Ozymandias poem of her age.

I suggest a colossal statue of Bob Diamond, with the inscription LOOK ON MY COMPENSATION PACKAGE, YE PLEBS, AND DESPAIR. Damien Hirst should be up for this.

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The purpose of the gates is to do what gates do.

The Corporation's brochure for the bridge dedication ceremony says: "We once again are reminded of the past tradition of City gates in a twentieth century interpretation in shining stainless steel".

In other words, this is a big "Keep out" sign, aimed more loftily at Westminster rather than the working drones and tourists who cross the bridge into the City.

Brochure: http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=KiK0DbcUBIUC&pg=PA309&lpg=PA309&dq=hsbc+gates&source=bl&ots=SCc7zgIlxA&sig=QEIFaPwt8ddbynzWCcCbfciMNSo&hl=en&sa=X&ei=oMc2T46RA8Sp0QWMm7mUAg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=hsbc%20gates&f=false


Interesting. I like how "it was decided that the name of HSBC should be etched on these gateway sculptures, in recognition of the bank's generous donation to the bridge fund". Just imagine HSBC's surprise, when they were informed out of the blue that they had unwittingly bought themselves a permanent piece of branding!

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