Andy Altmann

In 2006 artist Gordon Young approached typographer Andy Altmann of Why Not Associates with a mad idea.

Blackpool City Council were redeveloping the seafront and they commissioned Gordon to create a piece of public art. Gordon’s proposal was to pay homage to Blackpool’s music hall and entertainment heritage by creating the country’s first Comedy Carpet. The carpet would sit right outside Blackpool Tower, covering an area the size of a football pitch, and contain the history of British comedy - in granite, set in concrete.

BA Graphic Design Alumnus Andy Altmann talked to the Design Council about the process of creating one of the largest pieces of public art ever commissioned in the UK- Blackpool's very own Comedy Carpet.