Novelty golf project for London Design Festival under threat


A planned crazy golf installation for London’s Trafalgar Square which was set to form the centrepiece of the city’s Design Festival is under threat.

Organisers of the London Design Festival (LDF) are holding an emergency meeting to discuss the fate of the project after a Kickstarter fundraising campaign looks likely to fail to meet its target.

Featuring novelty holes designed by Zaha Hadid, furniture designer Tom Dixon, fashion designer Paul Smith, the Visionary Crazy Golf project needs to raise $170,000 but has achieved less than a fifth of the target.


Other designers who have created holes for the course include artist Mark Wallinger, printmaker Camille Walala and architecture studios Atelier Bow-Wow, HAT with Tim Hunkin, NEON and Ordinary Architecture.

Proposals included a section designed by Paul Smith, who proposed transforming the Trafalgar Square steps into a series of coloured lanes while Hadid’s characteristic curving forms would form a range between the square’s lion statues.

Ordinary Architecture has modelled a hole on a cross section of a pigeon, where the golf ball travels through its digestive system

The project, described by the festival as the “most ambitious” of its annual interventions in the central London square, could now be abandoned.

“We expect Visionary Crazy Golf to be one of the most popular festival landmark projects to date,” said LDF director Ben Evans in a statement issued when the campaign went live in April.

“We’re sure it will attract a varied audience, from design aficionados to small children, attracted by the invention, playfulness and creativity of the course.”

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