Thursday, 19 August 2010

Views across the River Thames from the O2

Actually the first view is not across the river but in the river.

Antony Gormley's Quantum Cloud was commissioned for a site next to the Millennium Dome in London. At 30 metres high, it is Gormley's tallest sculpture to date (taller than the Angel of the North). It is constructed from a collection of tetrahedral units made from 1.5 m long sections of steel. The steel sections were arranged using a computer model with a random walk algorithm starting from points on the surface of an enlarged figure based on Gormley's body that forms a residual outline at the centre of the sculpture.

The sculpture was completed in 1999 in time for the opening of the Millennium Dome.

The idea for Quantum Cloud came from a comment about algebra made by Basil Hiley, quantum physicist (and long-time colleague of David Bohm), in which he said that "algebra is the relationship of relationships". The comment was made during a conversation between Gormley, Hiley and writer David Peat at a 1999 London gathering of artists and scientists, organized by Peat.

A view across to the old lighthouse

A couple of views across to Canary Wharf

The Peninsula Spire - a 45m high stainless steel structure in the middle of the newly created Peninsula Square by the O2 Arena. New campus under construction for Ravensbourne College of Design and Communications is to the left of the spire. Designed by Foreign Office Architects it is not my cup of tea.

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