London’s Burning

350 years ago tonight, London burned to ground in Great Fire.

London’s burning, London’s burning.
Fetch the engines, fetch the engines.
Fire fire, Fire Fire!
Pour on water, pour on water.

This is part of why I love our capital city, and I guess some of the reason I was inspired to move up this way a few years back. I love the way London can get behind a project and bring it to life in often a spectacular and enchanting way.

For the 350 year celebrations – entitled “Great Fire 350”, a series of events across the City of London and beyond, two of which took my interest and it was just a great shame that due to other commitments that I wasn’t able to personally attend them.

The first was a large scale domino topple, retracing the route that the fire took through the streets of The City. Throughout the weekend many volunteers took time to set-up breezeblock ‘dominos’ which lead to this amazing sight – ;

Secondly, a wooden interpretation of the London landscape during the Great Fire was reconstructed aboard a vessel moored on the Southbank of the river Thames, which was then set alight, shall we say in homage to the events that happened exactly 350 years to that day.

You can also see a time-lapse video of the construction of the wooden interpretation here.

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