The entire city of London relived the
memory of the Great Fire on its 350th anniversary, by blazing the wooden
sculpture of 17th century London in the bank of the River Thames on 4th
The Great Fire tormented the city for four
days in the year 1666. The Great Fire captured the Pudding Lane, the
surrounding of St Paul’s Cathedral and the Fleet Street. The catastrophe
devastated thousands of buildings as it started after midnight on 2nd
September, 1666. Although the fire burnt till 5th September, but only six
people were reported to be dead due to the fire.
To remember the tragic incident, a
120-metre long sculpture of the then London got burned to present the city with
a dramatic retelling of the story.
Helen Marriage, the director of Artichoke
informed, “London’s Burning brings a unique contemporary perspective to the
Great Fire, exploring the challenges and issues faced by major world cities
today, our relationship to catastrophe and crisis and our ability to adapt,
adjust and rebuild. It is an artistic response that addresses the impact of the
Great Fire of London on the City, its inhabitants and buildings, and how it
emerged from the ashes and evolved to the resilient world city it is today.”
Sunday was the finale of the Burning
festival of London, which was taking place in various corners of the city like the
National Theatre, the Tate Modern and St Paul’s.