Here is an amazing sight: the hanging bridge over London Wall.
The large building in the centre of the picture is City Tower, 40 London Wall. In front of it is a demolition site where City Place House used to be. The bridge used to connect to City Place House. Now this building has gone, the bridge hangs in space.
In my previous drawing I sketched while listening to the guitar music of Hidè Takemoto. For this drawing, the acoustic accompaniment was mostly percussion. The building site was active. Spasmodic grinding and crashing signalled the removal of concrete. Metallic hammering came from scaffolding under construction.
The big red grid on the right of my picture was hauled upwards and out of sight before I finished drawing it. It was going to be part of a second crane. It arrived on a large lorry which would also have been in the picture if it had stayed still long enough. Immediately it arrived, workers secured chains to the red structure and it was manoeuvred off the lorry. Hardly anyone on the pavement paid any attention to all this thrilling activity across the road. One person, the slim figure to the right of my picture, stopped and took a selfie.
GoogleMaps allows us to travel not only in space but also in time. Here are some screengrabs so you can see the City Place House (on the right) which has now disappeared.
As you see, City Tower used to be obscured by City Place House. It will be obscured again when the next huge building goes up.
The bridge in the pictures above is the “new bridge”. It was installed as part of the London Wall Place development (off the picture to the left). The “old bridge” took a slightly different route. Again, GoogleMaps provides an image. Notice the previous lampposts, with the flying saucer lights.
I sketched City Place House before it was demolished. This post (click below) gives information about the old building which has been demolished and the new building which is planned.
City Place House
An email from an ever-vigilant neighbour alerted me to the Planning Application for City Place House and the adjacent tower, City Tower. This application is currently under consideration. I hastened to go and have a look at the buildings, before they get swathed in white plastic. City Tower has been there since 1967. It is…Click here to read this post..
City Tower is not being demolished. This is of interest because its sister building Bastion House, constructed at the same time, is deemed “unsafe” by the City of London, and is scheduled for demolition to make way for the “London Wall West” project. It’s curious that City Tower is evidently not “unsafe” and is standing proud, in use into the future.
I made a special tool to draw the many windows on City Tower.
City Tower has 35 verticals. I made a special comb from cocktail sticks to scrape the paint into the required number of vertical lines.
The colours are:
- Ultramarine Blue and Lavender for the sky.
- All the greys are Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Umber
- The bridge is Fired Gold Ochre, with some Transparent Pyrrol Orange
- The red is Transparent Pyrrol Orange
- Mars Yellow is on the distant building and the scaffolding plastic
I put down the first wash on site and finished the picture at my desk.