Saturday, July 24, 2010

[The Life of Shaun #414] The Shard cometh!

I was very sad when they began construction of The Shard, the tallest building in Western Europe*, and I realised that a tower block was hiding it from my view. The Shard will be taller than the council estate, of course, but it was still a bit disappointing.

As the tower has risen, it's been crowned with a very simple, but powerful, sign that simply says SHARD. This week, the appellation has breached the top of the offending tower and you can see "RD" poking out; nothing visually dramatic to the layman, but as foreshadow, it's thrilling to an urban/Londonphile like me.

So onward and upward! Next up on the London Skyline? The Pinnacle.


*There's a taller building under construction in Moscow, if you must consider that Europe.

1) The Shard, as it will be (my building circled in red)

2) The sign at the top of the construction

3) The Shard arrives to my view!

4) Grainy close-up

5) The Pinnacle, the Gherkin's soon-to-be neighbour

Shaun H. Coley
Shadwell, Tower Hamlets
London, UK

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