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London’s Burning by L. Katiyo

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Photo – L Katiyo

The Fire of London in 1666 is considered one of the major events in the history of the city and to commemorate the 350th anniversary, a series of events are planned.

One of the more unusual and ambitious event was a mini recreation of the event designed by American artist David Best. With the help of many young Londoners not in education, employment or training, Best recreated a vast 120-metre-long wooden sculpture of Restoration London that was floated onto the Thames and set alight.

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Fortunately, regular contributor L Katiyo was there to report for Isle of Dogs Life and provide some dramatic photographs of the event.

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The ambitious project involved many months of learning and participation work with children and young people across five boroughs adjacent to the City of London (Hackney, Camden, Southwark, Tower Hamlets and Islington).

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Photo – L Katiyo

Six hundred schoolchildren have taken part in workshops exploring the history of the Great Fire. Many of their designs were crafted into decorative panels and become part of the final sculpture.

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Although the Isle of Dogs was not directly involved in the Great Fire of 1666, anyone living in the area would have had a clear view of the flames and smoke in the distance, they would have also seen the many thousands of people trying to ferry their goods down the river to safety or homeless trying to find somewhere to stay. The Fire changed London in many ways and the dramatic visual reconstruction gives a small insight into the spectacle and scale of the event.

 


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