On an Iconic Building.Sydney Vivid Festival 2016.
Greenwich, London is one of my favourite places. The home of the Greenwich Meridian, where east meets west and the home of GMT Greenwich Mean Time.
A place of maritime history, classic buildings, The Old Royal Naval College, a delightful park, a Victorian foot tunnel under the River Thames and The Royal Observatory on the hill.
Greenwich is also the home of the Cutty Sark, a sailing ship of the Victorian era, one of the fastest “tea clippers” that brought tea back from China, until the Suez Canal opened in 1869 and steamships too over the route.
The Cutty Sark moved to a different cargo and was the fastest ship in the wool trade for ten years in the 1880’s sailing from Australia to Britain in a record 73 days.
Now, the restored Cutty Sark has pride of place on a stunning steel and glass dry dock, where you can tour the ship and walk underneath the hull.
Trafalgar Square was opened in central London in 1844 as a grand public area. Nelson’s Column is the centrepiece, with fountains, lions and a plinth in each corner.
The Fourth Plinth remained empty for over 150 years. This century, it has been temporary home to a variety of sculptures, statues, art pieces. Here are some of my favourites.
The London Eye is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the UK. It was constructed for the millennium and at the time was the world’s largest Ferris Wheel.
We’ve been on the Eye several times and enjoyed a repeat visit last month. It provides great views across the city and a birds eye view down into some of the buildings.
The Shard is the tallest building in Britain, with viewing platforms on levels 68 to 72. London is spread below, with the River Thames winding through the city.
We looked down on the Tower of London, Tower Bridge and Canary Wharf.
We looked down on St Paul’s Cathedral, London Bridge and other bridges across the river.
We looked down on the London Eye, the Houses of Parliament, but looking into the sun, we saw our own reflections.
We looked up into the blue, blue sky. We looked around at the champagne bar and other visitors.
We also visited the “Loo with the View” the most distinctive toilets I’ve seen 🙂
Thoughts with everyone involved in today’s incident at Westminster.
I’m very grateful that I was there yesterday afternoon and not today.
Whilst walking around Trafalgar Square yesterday we heard music, drumming and chanting.
A huge anti racism march was heading down Whitehall for a rally outside Parliament. It was fun to be a bystander, to people watch. This morning’s newspaper states that up to thirty thousand people took part. It was peaceful, organised, people of all ages and creeds, police were present but not obvious until they marked the end of the march and opened the roads again.
“The Monument” commemorates the Great Fire of London in 1666. It is the worlds tallest free standing stone column.
The column was also originally designed as a giant telescope, with lenses at the top and bottom and a trap door in the flaming urn at the top, to view the night sky.
This photo from http://www.themonument.org.uk shows the gold flame sculpture that sits above the viewing balcony.