Cohn and Wolfe’s patronage of the arts has taken somewhat of
a downward turn of late. Just weeks after a water sculpture at
the agency’s Leicester Square office evolved into a fountain (PR
Week, 21 February), I hear another C&W-related work has entered a
The latest work - a metre-high tower of orange card, detergent
bottles and sticky-backed plastic - was one of various intriguing
pieces at last week’s C&W-sponsored Central St Martin’s College
of Art and Design final year student awards.
The tower was generally eclipsed by the other exhibits -
particularly the mechanised deck shoes and the masked student who
burst in during the prize-giving and ripped her work off the wall
in a protest against corporate sponsorship.
However, thanks to its proximity to a bustling bar and to C&W
financial director Steve Ham, it had one show-stealing moment.
Ham, no doubt emphasising the intrinsic ephemerality of all
things, backed into the tower - causing it to collapse like a
house of cards.
After a few anxious moments, the sculpture was stuck back
together and reemerged looking even better than before. However,
Cohn and Wolfe should perhaps resist any exhortations to sponsor
the National Gallery collection.