Where: The Trafford Centre - and as always in the worst possible taste. The place thinks it’s being democratic with its colourful excess when it’s just being condescending. It’s not the migraine-inducing amount of marble that pulls in the crowds but the 10,000 free car parking spaces and the shops. The company that owns TC, Peel Holdings, has been philanthropic – donating the site of the Imperial War Museum North – but has gone corporately insane here. Not least in the vanity of the company and directors who have commemorated themselves, and their supposed achievement, throughout TC, with murals featuring their own likenesses. Folks,this ain’t the eighteenth century anymore – that doesn’t look good.
What: ‘The biggest chandelier in the world.’ Peel has trumped everything tasteless that’s gone before with this hilarious disaster. If Jeff Koons had done it and placed it in a gallery we would have giggled at the kitsch excess. This is serious though ‘made from thousands of pieces of Chinese crystal’. It looks like either, an under-14s player-of-the-year award bloated to vast size or a space ship from Planet Camp. It’s breath-taking in its sheer hideousness, in its lack of craft, in its failure to provide a single element that’s pleasant. And made from Chinese crystal? Chinese crystal what exactly? More like plastic, painted nauseaus green and and cheap gold with medical pipettes for light fittings. Well done to the Chinese for passing it off on TC.
How much? Well the whole price was £26million for the rebuilding of the Great Hall, which includes the chandelier and the equally grotesque staircase beneath it. The staircase, by the way, is a mix of brown and white marble, incorporating statues of women holding lamps. These women are completely free of normal musculature. They look as though they were carved by an extraterrestrial from a brief description of Jade Goody given over a bad telephone line by a blind man on crack.
The Big Question: Would Peel big wigs Robert Hough or John Whitaker put a smaller version of that chandelier up in their homes? Of course not. You can almost hear the conversation in the dinner parties the directors of the company attend, “oh it’s bloody awful but the hoi polloi seem to like that kind of thing. Puts some colour in their drab lives.”
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