London (UK) is a wonderful place and full of contradictions. Nowhere more so, than in “the City”, the financial centre of the town, where traditional and modern architecture try to coexist, fighting for real estate space and for visual appeal.
This particular visual contradiction, is on a road simply called “Poultry”, in the very centre of the City (Map). The magnificent bronze lamp adorns the front of Mansion House which is the official residence of the Lord Mayor of the City of London and was built in 1758.
The lamp is a little masterpiece in its own right. It’s also huge, being the same size as a tall adult person. Unfortunately it’s not quite as old as the building. I can’t find exact dates, but there certainly was a different lamp there as late as 1902.
However, as you stand in front of Mansion House, with the magnificent buildings of the Royal Exchange and the Bank of England behind you, looking in the direction of St.Paul’s Cathedral, ahead of the lamp you see the clocktower of one of the leading postmodern buildings in London known as No. 1 Poultry which was built around 1994.
Now, I am not an architect or historian. But, however significant the architecture of that building is, to me is just in the wrong place. It’s an anomaly, a clash. Someone was playing with their Lego bricks and forgot to tidy up…
(…a visual nod to fellow bubbler’s charliethetramp poem a" hymn to modernism":http://www.redbubble.com/people/charliethetramp... )
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