Worthy of a mention we thought (we like a nice trad 'g', not sure what face it is - can someone oblige?), as is the intriguing project it was designed for....
Belsay Estate, Northumberland - owned by English Heritage - purveyors of the historic and ruined. We like the Belsay Estate here at typografika - especially the Hall – it’s physically a blank canvas; but every length of old yellowing wallpaper in the empty rooms also oozes history and the human experience of the many previous inhabitants.
Over recent years the shows there have ranged from sumptuous to stark, sinister to welcoming, but never disappointing. 'Extraordinary Measures' is one of those projects. If you're an English Heritage member, drop what you're doing and rush there straight away during the hours of daylight. Personally, as non members, we paid the entrance fee and thought it was money well spent (£8). Its one of those things you'll always remember (like the 'Agent Provocateur' bedroom from the last show).
Even if copyright was waived (which it isn't) and we could show images, we wouldn't - it has to be experienced. It's an exercise in scale and an individual’s perception of it.
The Ron Mueck sculptures are incredible and unnerving and probably all the more so for being quite solitary in the empty rooms of the house (we went on a slate-skied Sunday afternoon when the site was relatively quiet).
Go on the quarry walk to the castle, wait three minutes (if you have to), and see the Mat Collishaw zoetrope. Stand silently in the darkness with a bunch of complete strangers and watch the miniature scene come to life (its not cute, but it is clever and thought provoking). Guaranteed to make you think 'wow'.