Artist Richard Wentworth collaborated with architect Caruso St John on the landscaped square outside the New Art Gallery Walsall. Here he describes his approach, and explores the idea of surface in contemporary culture from motorway blacktop and aeroplane wings to Mickey Mouse striped paint.
Mobility is the theme of the first International Architecture Biennale in Rotterdam, which opens this month. Icon spoke to its director, Francine Houben.
It is stories that distinguish architecture from building. The architectural theorist Beatriz Colomina writes that contrary to the myth, Daedalus was not the first architect - he built the labyrinth but did not understand its structure. Ariadne, however, interpreted it, with the help of a conceptual device (a ball of string), and thus should be conferred the title. Architecture is a critical and interpretative act as we conceive of it today.
Anish Kapoor has never heard anything like it. He has been asked by the city of Naples to design a new underground station - a complex piece of infrastructure that is usually the preserve of architects and engineers. "They're mad," he chuckles. "It's folly! They don't know what they've let themselves in for, ha ha! But it's wonderful; I can't imagine anything better than doing a tube station."
John Lennon's bedroom is tidier than you'd expect. There is a handful of 45s scattered on a shelf behind the bed and posters of Bardot and Elvis on the walls, but the Just William books on the desk are hardly what you'd expect of a teenage rock star.