Visionary Crazy Golf in Trafalgar Square

Written by Eleonora Usseglio Prinsi

Week 22

If you are thinking about golf like a classy and elite sport you are in the wrong place. Visiting Visionary Crazy Golf forget about fancy Ralph Lauren outfits, and take out your most playful and childlike side to enjoy one of the most imaginative exhibition during the next London Design Festival in September.
Curated by the rock star of the design industry, Paul Smith, Trafalgar Square is going to turn in a golf course with a creative twist. Visionary Crazy Golf will house the work of nine versatile designers, architects and artists. Trafalgar Square, one of the busiest square in the world, has become in the last years one of the main venue during London Design Festival. As never before, the square will be transformed in a giant playground for design addicts and curious tourists.

Paul Smith vision

Stripped pattern is Paul Smith’s signature. It has become along the last 30 year his most recognisable graphic motif. The design has graced everything from the iconic limited edition Mini Cooper car, to voguish shirts.
Paul Smith’s fashion guerrilla will wrap with multi-coloured stripes the monumental stairs of the National Gallery.

Following the same eclectic design, Camille Walala, is one of the nine designers participating to this kaleidoscopic urban exhibition. From street art to the interiors of Facebook’s office in London, the French designer recalls Memphis taste with a pinch of Post-Modernism. A sculpture, a collage or a psychedelic pavilion: Walala proposes a playful golf park matching geometries and texture.

Zaha Hadid, recently passed away, left her legacy to the London Design Festival, with a small undulating course with two levels, that will snake elegantly between Trafalgar Square’s lions. Reflecting the organic forms, for which she became so well known, her golf course looks simple and dynamic.

Atelier Bow-Wow’s zetted driving range

Other holes include Tom Dixon’s, which consists of a funnel and nest of pneumatic tubes, a metaphor of “thinking through what transport system of the future might look like”; a circuitous maze by Mark Wallinger and a zetted driving range by the Japanese studio Atelier Bow-Wow.
The quirky cross-section of a giant pigeon has been designed by Ordinary Architecture, demonstrating how the pigeon digestive system works, through the rolling ball passing within the installation.

Kinetic Structure is the futuristic project designed by Neon, “We propose to develop aerodynamic versions of traditional archetypes which exist in the city and position them on long crane like walkways which will rotate through the use of a wind powered sails”. HAT Architects, in collaboration with engineer and artist Tim Hunkin, puts forward the concept of a half built skyscraper, appended with cranes, scaffolding and chutes through which the ball may travel, celebrating the processes instead of the end product.