This is Modern Art

QTVR Panorama for May 2000

This is Modern Art

The new Tate Gallery (Tate Modern) opened in a converted power station at Bankside on the River Thames this month (May 2000). In the panorama above, it's the big building with a glass box on top and people all around the bottom. I took this pano without a tripod (I rested the camera on a post and guessed the rotation positions) which meant lots of PhotoShop work. I like the way that a lot of the people appear twice and also the scene of the stewards manhandling a car into a better parking position. The queue to get in stretched a long way down the riverside to a point where the Tate was no longer visible and it wasn't clear if the people at the back realised they were joining a queue. There was rain and hailstones but it didn't seem to deter anyone from waiting.

We continued our survey of crowds by walking along the river to the London Eye, below.
The picture on the left was taken outside another new Southbank attraction, the Dali exhibition. On the right, yet another well organised art show beneath the big wheel (London Eye). When I first saw it, covered with plastic to protect it from the rain, I thought it was a spectacular chalk drawing. But when the rain stopped and it was uncovered I realised that it was a big canvas taped to the pavement. Being under a tree, one of the curators had to regularly attend to puddles with a big sponge.
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