Great Fire model goes up in flames

Dra­matic re-en­act­ment a part of London’s Burn­ing

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Salina Pa­tel­tel@trin­i­tymir­

A HUGE model sculp­ture of London’s sky­line in 1666 was set alight on the River Thames to mark the 350th an­niver­sary of the Great Fire of London.

The 120-me­tre long wooden artis­tic re­cre­ation of the City of London was put on the river be­fore it went up in flames in a dra­matic retelling of the fa­mous story.

It fea­tured around 190 minia­ture build­ings, in­clud­ing churches and fac­to­ries, mak­ing up a model of 17th cen­tury London, which was mounted onto barges be­fore float­ing on the Thames and be­ing set on fire to com­mem­o­rate the burn­ing of London.

The spec­tac­u­lar live ‘burn­ing’ event took place on Sun­day in a cul­mi­na­tion of events to com­mem­o­rate 350 years since the blaze ripped through the cap­i­tal, caus­ing dev­as­ta­tion to The Uxbridge Gazette Se­ries homes, busi­nesses and iconic land­marks such as St Paul’s Cathe­dral.

The fire in 1666, which started in Thomas Far­riner’s bak­ery, in Pud­ding Lane, raged for four days de­stroy­ing 13,200 homes and leav­ing 65,000 peo­ple home­less.

De­signed by Amer­i­can artist David Best, the London 1666 in­stal­la­tion is part of London’s Burn­ing, a fes­ti­val of arts pro­duced by Ar­ti­choke.

The London 1666 project in­volved months of work with young peo­ple across sev­eral London bor­oughs with work­shops, place­ments and vol­un­teer­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties into the con­struc­tion and cre­ative in­dus­tries.

Flames were pro­jected onto St Paul’s as part of the London Burn­ing fes­ti­val on Sun­day and a num­ber of ex­hi­bi­tions and dis­plays, talks and tours, and concerts telling sto­ries of the Great Fire were held.

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