London Eye

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London Eye

 
The Lon­don Eye is a glo­ri­fied fer­ris wheel that was erect­ed on the South Bank adja­cent to Coun­ty Hall in 2000 to cel­e­brate the Mil­len­ni­um. Owing to spon­sor­ship by a util­i­ties com­pa­ny its for­mal name is present­ly the EDF Ener­gy Lon­don Eye.

Designed by David Marks and Julia Barfield, it is the world’s largest can­tilevered obser­va­tion wheel. The 32 glass cap­sules com­plete one rev­o­lu­tion every half an hour, giv­ing their occu­pants (a max­i­mum of 25 apiece) an unpar­al­leled array of often sur­pris­ing Lon­don vis­tas.

Itself vis­i­ble across the rooftops from many parts of the cap­i­tal, it quick­ly became a Lon­don land­mark, and what was intend­ed to be a brief exis­tence has been extend­ed until at least 2031. The appear­ance (often tem­po­rary) of sim­i­lar wheels in cities around the world is tes­ta­ment to the Eye­’s suc­cess.

Dur­ing London’s New Year’s Eve fire­works dis­play the Eye is nowa­days trans­formed into a gigan­tic Cather­ine-wheel, a telegenic gim­mick that ensures its appear­ance in news bul­letin clips around the world.
 
London Eye capsule