Sorry, I know it’s Thursday, but I gave myself the rare treat of watching a film last night and forgot all about my blog! This week’s Wall photo was taken in the summer when I was in London soaking up the cultural Olympiad. This was the view underneath the Royal Festival Hall at the South Bank Centre – hundreds of green plastic colanders, cable-tied together around the pillars – what a cheery sight.
The Royal Festival Hall was built in 1951 for the Festival of Britain – a year before our Queen was crowned. It was made of concrete – in a very minimalist/modernist style. What I love about it is the way you can see how it is made – there is no plaster inside or out it is just the natural concrete. The South Bank Centre is made up of a number of world class venues clustered together in what is the largest single arts venue in the world. It is on the South Bank of the Thames and from there you can see just about every iconic building in London – The Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, The London Eye, St. Paul’s, The Shard. The National Theatre is also adjacent although it is managed separately.
The whole area was buzzing when we were there and it was a day I will never forget, it was so exciting to discover all the different ways the building was “dressed” for the 2012 “Festival of the World”. Here are some of the other images I took that day, every turn took in another great view and another great piece of “art.”