Seen in London last Thursday.
Entering the City of London from The Barbican means going through what looks like quite a long tunnel. However, looks are deceptive: the structure is all above ground (the left hand side of the picture is a clue) and was built to support a massive complex of flats for the local corporation.
The modern architecture of this area is most interesting irrespective of whether you love or loathe it.
Yesterday’s statue was one of a pair. Here’s a different viewpoint.
A lot of the government buildings in Whitehall are imposing though fairly plain in their style. I’m reminded of the government, museum and university buildings in Cardiff.
I liked this figure outside the MOD buildings.
The sign on the right is another leftover from the 10K run – showing this was another of the streets closed to traffic.
There’d been a 10K run in London last Sunday. We’d seen loads of people on and near various Tube stations in running gear, numbered and with medals round their necks. Quite a lot of the usual route of our tourist bus the first time round was diverted because the streets were closed. Elsewhere, traffic chaos reigned.
You can also see some of the art for sale at Green Park – it’s all along the railings bordering the park. I think it’s there just at weekends, or even just Sundays.
The sign on the left shows the rubbish collection (twice a day on most days), plus the recycling (Fridays) collections for the City of Westminster. London actually comprises of 2 cities- don’t ask!
Let’s assume that the No Loading sign doesn’t apply to the rubbish cart 😉
The sign also requests that rubbish is put out no more than 30 minutes before the collection time. Presumably this is to keep London looking at its most attractive for the longest amount of time – this was taken from the top of a tourist bus after all.
Unlike Wiltshire, the kerbside recycling collection includes cardboard and plastic as well as paper, glass and cans. We can also put clothes out for collection. Why is recycling so different everywhere???
The pillar on the left has an intriguing mark on it – I wonder what W ^ D No. 37 means. War Department?
This is what it’s about – as seen at the base of the Fourth Plinth on Sunday 12th June 2009.
At the time I took this photograph, I’d just been seen on the internet stream, so does that make me part of the art/installation too?
There’s more over at my regular blog today…
Last week the fourth plinth in London’s Trafalgar Square became occupied for 100 days. It’s a major public art project and the brainchild of Anthony Gormley. 2,400 people will each have the opportunity to be a living statue for an hour. The pictured leaflet shows the reason why Alive Dad was posing whilst we were there.