Watch this space
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.