Not all design and art gets unanimous approval. Here are our favourite quotes from the people standing on the other side of the creative fence…
“The Sydney Opera House looks as if it is something that has crawled out of the sea and is up to no good.”
“Mona Lisa looks as if she has just been sick, or is about to be.”
“Art is anything you can get away with.”
“It resembles a tortoiseshell cat having a fit in a plate of tomatoes.’
Mark Twain (on J. M. W. Turner’s painting The Slave Ship)
“I really can’t believe what a state the Pyramids are in. I thought they had flat rendered sides, but when you get up close, you see how they are just giant boulders balanced on top of each other, like a massive game of Jenga that has got out of hand.”
“I inherited a painting and a violin, which turned out to be a Rembrandt and a Stradivarius. Unfortunately, Rembrandt made lousy violins and Stradivarius was a terrible painter.”
“Buckingham Palace is peculiarly British in that it’s a bit of a letdown. It is dutifully ducal rather than impressive and imperial like the Louvre, Madrid’s Palacio Real or Vienna’s Schönbrunn.”
Pol Fergus-Thompson, membership secretary for the Residents’ Society of Mayfair.
“I think all modern architects should be pulled down and redeveloped as car parks.”
“The Statue of Liberty is no longer saying, ‘Give me your poor, your tired, your huddled masses’. She’s got a baseball bat and she’s yelling, ‘You want a piece of me?’”
“I just think of the people who live in Rio. They’ve got that there every day when they leave the house; they see it. Ugh it’s there again; sick of seeing it. It’s like a pylon to them, that.”
Karl Pilkington on Christ the Redeemer statue in Brazil.