It’s difficult to imagine a simpler symbol, yet it has become one of Britain’s most identifiable emblem. The bar-and-circle Transport for London roundel was designed in 1908 and has not just become a globally recognised commercial transport logo, but also a cultural icon in its own right.
The design of the roundel (which until 1972 was referred to as the bull’s-eye) has been on an incredible journey which is being freshly explored in Logo for London, a beautiful illustrated new book. Published by Laurence King, Logo for London tracks the roundel’s cultural, artistic and social importance over the last hundred years as it became the world’s most well-known symbol for transportation.
Most artistic visions of London’s future have been darkly pessimistic. But this Underground poster painted by Montague B Black in 1926 offered an uncanny – and much more optimistic – view of the modern city.
In 1926, London Underground published a poster painted by Montague B Black, a publicity artist who also created images for Liverpool’s White Star Line, which imagines London in 2026. A golden sky enfolds a cityscape of skyscrapers over which various types of flying machine hover.
Wishing you all a very Happy New Year from London town! Here’s to a bloody gorgeous 2015!
For eight years, London-based photographer James Burns has used the capital’s rooftops as a point from which to capture stunning images of the skyline.
Entitled ‘London from the Rooftops‘ James began the project in 2006 and received many positive reviews.
The images are incredible. Whether it be a full moon above Battersea Power Station, or the Shard arising from the clouds, various weather conditions have provided Burns with ideal opportunities for spectacular scenery images.
Reflecting on his work this year, Burns told The Independent that “interesting skies” and a mixture of weather had led to him producing some of his best work. He said: “The reason for the great images this year is simple; we have had some very interesting skies. We have had a good variety of weather from clear skies, to thick fog, and lots of great storms, not to mention the supermoons. The only thing we haven’t had is snow.”
The Shard is celebrating the festive period with ‘Shard Lights’, a spectacular light installation that will reinforce the building’s status as a beacon for London. Created by award-winning art collective, Jason Bruges Studio, ‘Shard Lights’ will occupy the highest 40 storeys of The Shard.
Each evening from Friday 19 December a different show will use beacons, smoke machines, LED panels and projections at the top of the 300m building in central London. There’s a variety of effects being planned, with a different display every night, from 5pm-midnight to celebrate the festive season.
Jason Bruges, the installation artist behind the show, said:
The odd few people who happen to be about and have seen it have reacted with whoops of delight. I’m looking forward to seeing people’s reaction. We’re going to have effects that run across those 40 storeys that will ripple and rotate while the building sparkles and glimmers. Big search lights are going to frame the building by pointing straight up and then going out laterally and at 45 degrees to create different shape around the top of the spire.
London Underground have unveiled a new design for its Tube Trains that will be running on the Bakerloo, Central, Piccadilly and Waterloo & City Lines from 2022. One of the biggest changes is that the new trains will be driverless, 100% fully automated. Initially however they will have operators, because the signalling and other sections of the track aren’t quite up to date yet. This essentially means Tube Drivers have striked themselves out of their own jobs.
Another crazy addition is that there’s no separate carriages, meaning all the trains will be just one long space. “One of the things that will be happening in the lifetime of this train will be platform doors, which you can already see on the Jubilee line, and those will be rolled out in the coming years,” Paul Priestman, one of the designers, told Dezeen. “So on this particular train we’ve been able to make the doors bigger.”
They will also have air con, which is basically just lovely. Also, this image proves that CGI mock-ups can even make air-con vents look futuristic. The contract to build the new trains will be signed in 2016, with the first due to enter service on the Piccadilly line in 2022.
The Illustrated London News published intricate artwork on its front covers for more than 160 years, this included historic moments in British history such as royal ceremonies and the Great War – boasting as many as 300,000 readers. The works were by famous artists such as Terence Cuneo, Fortunino Matania and Bryan de Grineau.
Its something we see in sci-fi movies like Judge Dredd and Star Wars, megacities with towering, multi-purpose skyscrapers. This could however soon become a reality. Entitled the ‘Endless City’ project it would see a giant 300m skyscraper built in London with its own complete ecosystem. The building would consist of intertwining ramps leading through business, shopping, entertainment and residential areas.
The proposal has been drawn up by SURE Architecture, the firm insists the building would be a great space-saver in dense cities which have previously spread outwards rather than upwards – London is a perfect example of this. Although the skyscraper is only at design phase, the company has earmarked a location close to the City of London. Early indications suggest the building could top 300m – around the same size as London’s tallest skyscraper The Shard.
The company’s report says that different areas of the building would be linked by a series of bridges and walkways helping to ‘increase exchanges, communications and interactions. It would include a raft of public spaces, entertainment zones and shopping areas to create a ‘vertical city’. Residents would be able to walk up a series of interlinked ramps through vibrant streets, plazas, technological spaces and huge parks in a complex and rich system like a real city.
To commemorate the World War One Centenary across the United kingdom (and Commonwealth) there have been various poignant events to remember the fallen. One hundred years ago on the 4th August 1914 Germany declared war on Russia, thereby putting into motion events that would ultimately devastate Europe – the United Kingdom commemorated this day with LIGHTS OUT; a nationwide black out. But as lights across the country were extinguished, a single column of white light soared through the London night sky, this project is called ‘Spectra’.
Spectra is a twenty-metre grid containing forty-nine searchlights placed in Victoria Tower Gardens by Ryoji Ikeda, what made it all the more impressive is that this had been a kept a secret many months before this event. It appeared in the sky at dusk on Monday 4th August and has been visible for seven nights only across the city from sunset to sunrise. Accompanying this stunning piece of art is a specially composed soundtrack by Ikeda which really does make it all the more poignant when you visit.
On Friday night I popped up to see Spectra for myself and I was not disappointed, it truly is a stunning piece of work and the music really does make it all the more touching a tribute to the fallen.
Hello all, we are coming ever closer to the very important question which will decide the future of our 300 year old union, the United Kingdom. In September Scotland will vote in a referendum as to whether it will continue to be part of the union or go it solo.At a debate held yesterday by the paper The Spectator, Respect MP George Galloway savaged the Yes campaign as he evoked the spirit of the Blitz and the spectre of a bankrupt post-oil Scotland in an impassioned plea for Britain to stick together.
The speech itself is brilliant, you read and listen below: