Glacial Thames

© 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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2 Comments

  1. manon madoc jones
    Posted August 12, 2010 at 7:54 pm | Permalink

    i love all of your images!!!!!!!! ;)

  2. Bibi7
    Posted September 26, 2010 at 10:58 pm | Permalink

    So dramatic but true, looking forward to the event, love the lilly pads, one question where’s the flowers? Is it a sign that pollution will be drowned by innovations to back to basics? Congratulations, save can we trust that pictures will speak louder than words, or save the disasters ahead, is it true the world is coming to an end, as many religious faiths believe, is this the beging to the means of an end ?

    So many questions not enough answers or actions, come on Britain we must stand in solitude and save the nation from all these would be disasters, its never to late or is it? Very interesting!

    Hope there are lots of answers see you all there, Friday 1st 6.30 – 10pm.

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