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Chim Chim Cher-ee

So the iconic Battersea Power Station chimneys will soon be fibreglass or some such fakery? But with a real pig flying over. Actually the original Pink Floyd image was itself a fake, as the balloon had gone up, up and away awol during the photoshoot, and so a composite image has to be put together from images of the power station and the tethered pig balloon.

Flying Pig Recreates Pink Floyd Album Cover
Glad to know that at last the structure is getting developed. A big shame though that they left it so long that the chimneys are now too decrepit to retain, hence the fake ones that will be installed instead. Also a shame that the building won’t be completely open to the public, just as that other retrofitted power station Tate Modern has been for nearly a decade and a half already. And that only has the one chimney.

Always a shame that the developers never imagine clever enough ways to reuse the to-be-demolished material. Just as with the Berlin Wall, I am sure there would be those willing to pay for a small part of British industrial/architectural heritage?


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