A giant fish, shimmering in the sky, made of dining utensils: it's not the setting for an immaginative dream, but a sculpture to be placed over the entrance to Heddon Street in Central London. Designed by Ian McChesney, the installation - called the Cutlery Fish - comprises over 1000 forks arranged in the shape of an abstracted fish.
The structure is supported by arrays of very fine cables, almost invisible from ground level they give the impression of the form floating over the street. The piece is inspired by the classic children’s book Swimmy written in 1963 by Leo Lionni. The project was developed in collaboration with Plan Projects, the landowner’s public art advisers.
With the large number of restaurants in the street the landowner wanted a marker to signfify it as the food quarter of Regent Street: the best welcome for every foodie!
Staff shortages are hitting the hospitality sector hard, prompting some restaurants to look outside the industry to train those without restaurant experience for life in the kitchen. Andrew Friedman finds out more.
The story of baked Alaska is much more than one of cake and ice cream. It’s a story of war and exile, scientific endeavour, and, depending on how you look at it, either political buffoonery or political astuteness.