The artful codger

Following last week's feature in The Lawyer's HR manager section about art in the workplace, Tulkinghorn has become a little bit miffed about his own workplace environment. One is just not sure that The Yorkshire Post calendar (September features a charming picture of two children returning to school by Jessica Godley, aged five), a picture of Tulkinghorn's table at this year's The Lawyer Awards and a Financial Times graphic of the new Government map, quite constitutes modern art. Mind you, there is always the fabulous Berwin Leighton Paisner mug, which on Tulkinghorn's desk counts as an 'installation'. For those of you not lucky enough to receive one of these seemingly unlimited limited editions, bears the legend: “No respite inhaling brew” (an anagram of the firm's name) and which goes from black to white when filled with anything hot and wet.
Tulkinghorn's curiosity for this thing they call modern art has been further intensified by news of the 'installation' at Allens Arthur Robinson's Sydney headquarters. Housed in the impressive atrium, it is the centrepiece of what is believed to be the largest private collection of art in Australia. Apparently, it's a white sculpture of a life-size horse being ridden by a man. The unusual and 'modern' element is what it's made of. According to the firm, it's made entirely of bandages, but there is a more scurrilous rumour circulating Sydney's suburbs that it was actually made using underpants. Tulkinghorn is not sure whether it's Australians or modern art that he just doesn't get.