Your favourite read on TV? Not quite – but pages from the magazine now form part of an art installation outside the London headquarters of Channel 4, adorning the massive 'Big 4' sculpture thanks to Ghanaian Artist El Anatsui.
Anatsui – who draped a Gothic palace in a ‘cloth’ made of whisky bottle caps for the 2007 Venice Biennale – is the third artist to adapt the Big 4 since it was installed outside Channel 4’s London head office in 2007.
To help Anatsui create his Big 4, magazine printer St Ives Web, newspaper printer Trinity Mirror Plc and The Independent donated printing plates for top UK titles – among them What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision, Time Out magazine and the Financial Times.
On re-using news for art, Anatsui has said: “When about to discard old newspapers, I have noticed that most people begin to read the articles they come across.
"It is as if the speed in which they are flung at us is so great, and the need to process the information so urgent, that we wished for a little more time to digest.”
The 50ft-tall metal Big 4 echoes the on-screen logo in being made of disparate elements, only forming the '4' when viewed from certain angles. It was erected as part of the company's 25th anniversary celebrations.
You can see more pictures of it in its El Anatsui version – and try to spot the WHFSV pages! – here.
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