As one of the largest pieces of public art ever commissioned in the United Kingdom, Blackpool’s Comedy Carpet was “rolled out” in 2011. Installed on the promenade at the foot of the world-famous Blackpool Tower, the 2,200 m2 typographical artwork made of granite and cast concrete is a humorous display of jokes, songs, and comedy catchphrases provided by over 1,000 of Britain’s most well-loved comedians and writers.
The size of the letters on the carpet ranges from a few centimetres to almost a metre tall so that the laughs can be enjoyed up close and at a distance, from all sides and from a great height at the top of the tower.
The 160,000 individually-engraved letters used in the display were cut with waterjet cutting machines using GMA Garnet™ waterjet cutting abrasive prior to installation on site.
Really, it’s enough to make us smile.