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D’SIGN’s Weekly Dose: Beijing Design Week Paul Cocksedge

Beijing Design Week 2011

Paul Cocksedge Studio has been selected by 2011 Beijing Design Week and the First Beijing International Design Triennial to exhibit a major installation entitled ‘Manuscript (Seats of Poetry)’ set to be a key highlight of the festival which this year features London as its guest city. Paul Cocksedge Studio’s sculptural design celebrates a wonderful Chinese invention, manuscript paper, the foundation of global literature and communication.

Paul Cocksedge Studio 'Manuscript' Beijing Design Week 2011
Paul Cocksedge Studio ‘Manuscript’ Beijing Design Week 2011

At 20 metres long by 6.7 metres high, the sculpture’s impressive scale also presents itself as a monument to the industrial capability of China. Upon closer inspection the piece is made up of rolled steel pages inscribed with poems carefully curated from Chinese and English sources. ‘Manuscript’ is about the exchange of words, poetry and knowledge between Beijing and London. This temporary piece has been designed to be explored visually and physically by visitors to the China Millennium Monument, a cultural and events complex built to celebrate the turn of the millennium. Enjoy!

Paul Cocksedge Studio 'Manuscript' Beijing Design Week 2011
Paul Cocksedge Studio ‘Manuscript’ Beijing Design Week 2011
London designer Paul Cocksedge installed giant pages of poetry made from rolled steel sheets outside the China Millennium Monument during Beijing Design Week.
Paul Cocksedge Studio 'Manuscript' Beijing Design Week 2011
Paul Cocksedge Studio ‘Manuscript’ Beijing Design Week 2011
Both Chinese and English poems were inscribed onto the curled sheets of the 20 metre-wide sculpture, entitled Manuscript.
Paul Cocksedge Studio 'Manuscript' Beijing Design Week 2011
Paul Cocksedge Studio ‘Manuscript’ Beijing Design Week 2011

Visitors could relax where they like on the individual pages.

Story by: Gabriëlle Voogt


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