Fires Ancient (White)
Great Fire 350 was the City of London's commemoration of the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London in 1666.
Fires Ancient recreated fire on the dome of St Paul's in waves of colour consistent with flame of increasing temperatures (from dull orange to yellow to blue to brilliant white). The flames were also intended to be suggestive of both antiquity and the rich brocades associated with ecclesiastical tradition.
Flames engulfed the South and East faces of the dome in a 180 degree projection. The work aimed to create a visual 'echo' of the fire that destroyed the previous cathedral building and produced the conditions for Wren's masterpiece to rise from the ashes.
Fires Ancient referenced both the beauty and the destructive power of fire, and the creative potential released by trauma. Without the Great Fire of London, there would be no modern London and as we understand it, and Wren's beautiful and iconic cathedral building would not exist.
Great Fire of London
St Paul's Cathedral, London UK
1 to 4 September 2016
Corporation of London