London’s Burning (again)


No, it’s not a rerun or remake of the TV series but a commemoration of the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London.

One of the projects as part of the season of events is a recreation of the London skyline of 1666 which will be burnt on the evening of Sunday 4th September on the River Thames near Blackfriars Bridge in London.

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Obviously before you can set fire to the thing you need to build it and this is where the Royal Docks come in – an area of Albert Island in North Woolwich was taken over by Artichoke and converted in to a factory to produce the 100s of wooden frames and outlines that once assembled on to two barges will create a 120 metre long art work.

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Local tug Haven Supporter was used to bring the two barges in to KGV Dock where they were moored alongside the production facility on Albert Island.

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After several months of work to build the individual sections they were then mounted on the barges ready to be towed in to position near Blackfriars bridge.

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The attention to detail is amazing as is the craftsmanship and it is a shame that few people will actually get to see the detail close up.

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A few more pictures can be seen here.

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