Assorted Thames Views – London this year

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

???????????????????????????????◄ Jason deCaires Taylor, is noted for his submerged sculptures, in particular at Cancun in Mexico where he has a group of figures for scuba divers to admire. A London short term art pop up featured four horses with oil well ‘horse heads’ for heads. They stood, with their riders, just out from the edge of the south side of the Thames and a stone’s throw upstream from Parliament and Big Ben. The figures submerge and emerge with the tides. The Thames through London is very tidal.






While I was admiring the art work Duck Tours’ amphibious truck came ashore from one of its little forays out into the Thames.▼???????????????????????????????

???????????????????????????????◄ I had just walked past the office of the IMO, International Martime Organisation, on Albert Embankment.





Shortly after I passed the Shell Oil Headquarters which was being subjected to a protest by a very large (but clearly threatened) polar bear, courtesy of Greenpeace. ▼IMG_3943 - Greenpeace polar bear - Shell - 540

IMG_1137 - from the Shard - 540▲ Finally a view from the Shard, there are assorted high altitude bars and restaurants including Oblix, where we were dining that evening on the 32nd floor, and Aqua Shard, where I took this photograph on the floor below. Way higher up is GŎNG, a bar on the 52nd floor. Earlier this year Cathay Pacific gave me a very fine window seat view down on the Shard as we made our final approach into Heathrow Airport on a flight from Hong Kong.