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TO cel­e­brate 80 years of pro­tected views, the Na­tional Trust, the Horn­i­man Mu­seum and Gar­dens and Bom­pas & Parr have col­lab­o­rated to cre­ate The Im­mi­nent Dio­rama, an in­stal­la­tion atop one of Lon­don’s finest un­pro­tected views (above), at the Horn­i­man, Lon­don SE23.

There are 27 Lon­don views that hold some form of des­ig­na­tion, but only 13 are pro­tected, nine of which are north of the river and four south. This disparity, says Joe Wat­son, cre­ative di­rec­tor of Na­tional Trust Lon­don, ‘is a re­sult of his­toric power vested in wealth­ier parts of the city. Breath­tak­ing views of our city are lifeaf­firm­ing. Al­though they may not cost any­thing, they are of value to ev­ery­one’.

With con­tri­bu­tions from ar­chi­tects, artists, de­sign­ers and il­lus­tra­tors, the in­ter­ac­tive in­stal­la­tion shows the view from the Horn­i­man as it is now and as it could ap­pear over the next 80 years and is ac­com­pa­nied by short films that spark de­bate on the value of views and whether pro­tected sta­tus is the most ef­fec­tive way to cre­ate the city Lon­don­ers want for the fu­ture.

As part of the project, the Na­tional Trust is en­cour­ag­ing the pub­lic to com­ment on their favourite un­pro­tected views and their fu­ture via @Nt­loves­lon­don on Twit­ter. These opin­ions will in­form the Trust’s re­sponse to the Mayor of Lon­don’s pro­posal when his new Lon­don Plan goes out for con­sul­ta­tion.

The Im­mi­nent Dio­rama will be at the Horn­i­man Mu­seum and Gar­dens from Novem­ber 13 to 26 and is free to visit. The dis­play is part of a wider Na­tional Trust ini­tia­tive on ur­ban views and de­sign, which will run over the com­ing year and in­clude an ex­hi­bi­tion on the his­tory of Lon­don cityscapes, from Canaletto to the cam­era phone.

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