Southbank Centre Lift

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I was in the Southbank Centre last weekend to enjoy the view and have a drink. I usually use the stairs when I go there, but this time round I was persuaded to take the lift.

It was a very nice surprise getting to get to the 6th floor using the lift, and it was not because I did not have to walk. As I pressed the button that will take me to the floor of my choice, I started to feel that other people were there. It turns out that not only my weight was being lifted to the 6th floor, but also my spirits: The lift comes with its own choir and their song rises and falls in pitch to echo the  progression of the lift. This is a project by the artist Martin Creed,  Turner Prize winner in 2001 for Work No. 227, the one where the lights go on and off in an empty room.

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