The 1969 film The Italian Job ends on the ultimate cliffhanger. As a coach carrying a gang of gold bullion thieves and their ill-gotten gain teeters on a precipice in the Italian Alps, the gang try to figure out how to save both themselves and the gold. Then Michael Caine utters the immortal words: 'Hang on a minute lads... I've got a great idea'.
The iconic scene has now been recreated by the sculptor Richard Wilson RA
on the roof of Bexhill On Sea's De La Warr Pavilion, as part of London 2012 Festival,
the finale for the Cultural Olympiad.
The project has been partially funded by comedian Eddie Izzard, who says: "By the end of 2012 I would hope that the word goes out from our country that not only do we run excellent world events, but also we balance coaches on the edges of buildings like no one else ever could.”
In the video above, Richard Wilson RA discusses how the idea for the project evolved and why it's full of Olympic-year symbolism.