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Plans to drop a piano off 26-storey east London flats blocked by concerned residents
London24.com ^ | 7/10/14 | Mark Shales

Posted on 07/10/2014 12:34:51 PM PDT by Rebelbase

Plans by a Turner Prize-nominated artist to drop a piano off an iconic east London tower block have been thwarted by residents, who were concerned over the “danger and utter stupidity” of the stunt.

Catherine Yass had been scheduled to hurl the instrument off the top of the 26-storey Balfron Tower in Poplar – but a petition signed by 254 locals forced organisers to change their tune.

Retired nurse Jean Brown, 66, of nearby Burcham Street, was concerned about the “danger and utter stupidity”, and amazed the idea had even been suggested.

“People seem to have finally come to their senses,” she said. “The idea shouldn’t have even been thought up in the first place.

“To have it discussed by the board was ludicrous.

“Harca employs anti-social behaviour officers and if chucking a piano off the Balfron Tower isn’t anti-social behaviour, I don’t know what is.”

The local housing association which manages the Grade II-listed housing block said no date had been set, insisting it would have taken place “some time over the summer”.

But a statement from the Alison Jacques Gallery, where Ms Yass exhibits work, suggested the event had been booked at the St Leonard’s Road tower for Tuesday.

The plan was to drop the piano “as part of a community workshop looking at how sound travels”.

Andrea Baker, director at the housing association, Harca, said: “I met with our residents on Friday and received the petition.

“We’ve listened to their concerns and, as a result, the project will not be going ahead.”

Ms Yass’ works include the well-known 2000 Tate Britain Christmas tree.

The artist declined to comment save to confirm the event had been cancelled “at the residents’ request”.


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This would have been posted in chat except for this one quote from the article:

“Harca employs anti-social behaviour officers and if chucking a piano off the Balfron Tower isn’t anti-social behaviour, I don’t know what is.”

I know it's in Britain, but I'm shocked at how the general populace is enforcing "acceptable behavior".

Those who say Britain is dead are closer to the truth than not.

1 posted on 07/10/2014 12:34:51 PM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: Rebelbase

Well, Britain is currently chucking their culture off a 26-storey/story building... at least figuratively. And unlike this piano, there does not seem like enough opposition to stop it.


2 posted on 07/10/2014 12:40:46 PM PDT by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: Rebelbase
Hahahaha!....I'm for it, as long as Sir Elton John is attached.

FMCDH(BITS)

3 posted on 07/10/2014 12:43:44 PM PDT by nothingnew (Hemmer and MacCullum are the worst on FNC)
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To: nothingnew

Har!


4 posted on 07/10/2014 12:45:24 PM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: Rebelbase
... thwarted by residents, who were concerned over the “danger and utter stupidity” of the stunt.
Well, I suppose we should be grateful that a smattering of common sense still survives.
5 posted on 07/10/2014 12:45:45 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Rebelbase; GeronL; Slings and Arrows

How much would it cost to repair the sidewalk?


6 posted on 07/10/2014 12:48:36 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: oh8eleven

The English used to be so good at being blunt like that.


7 posted on 07/10/2014 12:48:52 PM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: Rebelbase
"And besides", said one Wiley E. Coyote, concerned citizen, "these types of things always backfire in the most unexpected ways!"


8 posted on 07/10/2014 12:48:56 PM PDT by Yossarian
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To: Rebelbase; Daffynition

The gravity of this situation sank in.


9 posted on 07/10/2014 12:49:39 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: Rebelbase

And if the British military is parading underneath, you could have A Flat Major.


10 posted on 07/10/2014 12:51:06 PM PDT by Our man in washington
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To: Rebelbase

I know it’s in Britain, but I’m shocked at how the general populace is enforcing “acceptable behavior”.


Nobody likes to be told what to do, but plenty of people will love to take advantage and tell others what they need to do. It’s a busybody’s dream to live in a nanny state, they all become little informers for Big Mother.


11 posted on 07/10/2014 12:52:59 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: All

Stupid “art” can have unintended consequences...

http://www.nytimes.com/1991/10/28/us/christo-umbrella-crushes-woman.html


12 posted on 07/10/2014 12:53:30 PM PDT by az_gila
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To: oh8eleven

What? Why the hell shouldn’t I be allowed to toss a piano off a building in controlled environment?

“Anti-social behavior” tyrants. Screw their idea of what is right.

Damn do-gooders.


13 posted on 07/10/2014 12:54:40 PM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: Our man in washington

RIMSHOT!


14 posted on 07/10/2014 12:55:10 PM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: Rebelbase

Actually sounds kind of cool to me. If they do it I hope they get some good video of it crashing.


15 posted on 07/10/2014 12:57:00 PM PDT by plain talk
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To: Rebelbase
The plan was to drop the piano “as part of a community workshop looking at how sound travels”.

Well, there's where you went wrong!

You should have said it was part of a community workshop looking at how sound travel has changed due to global warming!

Not only would it be approved (regardless of what the locals might want), but would most likely be paid for with gov't funds.

16 posted on 07/10/2014 1:03:40 PM PDT by uglybiker (nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-BATMAN!)
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To: Rebelbase
The plan was to drop the piano “as part of a community workshop looking at how sound travels”.

Ms. Brown was correct. The idea is utterly stupid.

17 posted on 07/10/2014 1:06:56 PM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: Rebelbase
I remember when Letterman used to drop stuff off a five story tower for kicks.


18 posted on 07/10/2014 1:13:12 PM PDT by tellw
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To: Rebelbase

Gee, back when David Letterman was funny, he used to do this sort of thing.


19 posted on 07/10/2014 1:14:52 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("If you're litigating against nuns, you've probably done something wrong."-Ted Cruz)
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To: Rebelbase

I’d be for it if Ms Y’ass would offer to stand below and catch the piano.


20 posted on 07/10/2014 1:15:30 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lost my tagline on Flight MH370. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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To: a fool in paradise
Bring it to Miami...it'll find a new home and be appreciated.


21 posted on 07/10/2014 1:22:53 PM PDT by Daffynition ("We Are Not Descended From Fearful Men")
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To: Rebelbase; All

http://youtu.be/F92FQdnLlSc


22 posted on 07/10/2014 1:30:46 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Rebelbase
Plans by a Turner Prize-nominated artist to drop a piano off an iconic east London tower block have been thwarted by residents, who were concerned over the “danger and utter stupidity” of the stunt.

Why is anyone surprised? The Turner Prize is usually awarded to pretentious codswallop. I'd imagine that "utter stupidity"—cartoonish, to boot&mdah;fits right in with the arts intelligentsia.

23 posted on 07/10/2014 1:38:13 PM PDT by RansomOttawa (tm)
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To: Our man in washington

lolol


24 posted on 07/10/2014 1:46:23 PM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis
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To: a fool in paradise

Eddie Valiant agrees.


25 posted on 07/10/2014 2:14:26 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Rebelbase

Are we getting to the point where if a ‘prestigious’ “artist” says that a 100 people should jump off of a cliff, ...

Now if I could choose the other 99, I’d be willing to be the last one to sacrifice myself for ‘art’.

“I have a little list, they’ll never be missed!”


26 posted on 07/10/2014 2:19:57 PM PDT by SES1066 (Quality, Speed or Economical - Any 2 of 3 except in government - 1 at best but never #3!)
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To: Rebelbase

I have utter disdain for shock “artists.” There is nothing artsy about throwing a piano off a building and breaking things. If it were, rednecks would be put on a pedestal like Da Vinci.

As for cool factor... I’d love to push a piano off a building. But I’ll have to settle for liveleak videos.


27 posted on 07/10/2014 3:00:07 PM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: Rebelbase

This is just like when code enforcement told me I couldn’t build a working trebuchet in my front yard.

I didn’t have too many plans to actually utilize it.


28 posted on 07/10/2014 3:48:18 PM PDT by arbitrary.squid
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To: Rebelbase

and utter stupidity” of the stunt.


29 posted on 07/10/2014 3:49:24 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch (http://thegatwickview.tumblr.com/ http://thepurginglutheran.tumblr.com/)
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To: IncPen; BartMan1

When reality meets “Looney Tunes”

The question I have is which is reality and which is looney tunes


30 posted on 07/10/2014 3:59:50 PM PDT by Nailbiter
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To: Rebelbase

The potential for hilarious collateral damage is just too great!


31 posted on 07/10/2014 4:51:26 PM PDT by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: Rebelbase

Didn’t know Marcel Ledbetter’s Moving Company was still in business.


32 posted on 07/10/2014 5:28:33 PM PDT by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Still bitterly clinging to rational thought despite it's unfashionability)
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