Stephen Joynson: EXH. 1315

What can be said about this wonderful slide. This is the Skylon (an amalgamation of sky, pylon and nylon) and it lived for five months on the South Bank of the Thames. It was one of the many structures that made up the Festival of Britain of 1951.The Skylon was an unusual vertical cigar shaped tower supported by cables that gave the impression that it floated above the ground (Dan Dare would have been proud of it). It was a breathtaking, iconic and futuristic looking structure. Sadly, the new Conservative government of 1952, under the leadership of Churchill saw no future in this structure and it was dismantled and sold for scrap.

Rather like the Euston Arch, this great piece of British architecture has been lost, or has it? There is constant speculation that both or one of these structures maybe rebuilt. One day, never?

Stephen Joynson
B.A. Fine Art

 

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