The Great Fire of London

This week marks the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London, and to commemorate it, a 120 metre-long sculpture of London’s 17th-century skyline was set alight on the Thames.


This project of epic proportions was designed by American artist David Best, the man behind the Burning Man festivals.


The project is a result of several months of work and participation with local schools and young Londoners.


The Great Fire of London was a major conflagration that swept through the central parts of the English city of London from Sunday, 2 September to Wednesday, 5 September 1666. The fire gutted the medieval City of London inside the old Roman city wall. It threatened but did not reach the aristocratic district of Westminster, Charles II’s Palace of Whitehall, and most of the suburban slums. It consumed 13,200 houses, 87 parish churches, St Paul’s Cathedral, and most of the buildings of the City authorities. It is estimated to have destroyed the homes of 70,000 of the City’s 80,000 inhabitants.



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