© Robert Graves and Didier Madoc-Jones
Glacial Thames and Skating at Tower Bridge are inspired by the historical tradition of frost fairs in London that were regularly staged on the frozen surface of the Thames as early as 1684 up to the early 1800’s. Re-considered amid the current debate of the deceleration of the Gulf Stream, which would drastically lower temperatures in London, Glacial Thames counteracts the romance of a frozen Thames by acknowledging that this immense tidal river would in fact become a slushy, filthy slick of ice. Viewed from HMS Belfast, Graves and Madoc-Jones took a series of photographs across the river and digitally stitched them together to link views of the Tower of London, London Bridge and City Hall within a fictional late summer setting. The build-up of packed ice and an incapacitated river militates against the idealized notion of a city magically transformed by a dramatic drop in temperature.
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