Great Fire model goes up in flames
Dramatic re-enactment a part of London’s Burning
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.