Produced by creative events company Artichoke, which has previously worked on projects including Lumiere London, the event, called London 1666, will see a 120 metre-long sculpture of Restoration London floated on the river Thames and set alight in a dramatic retelling of the story of the Great Fire.
The vast representation of the 17th century London skyline has been designed by American artist David Best, working in collaboration with Artichoke. The multi-camera show will be broadcast live online at www.visitlondon.com/greatfire350 when the sculpture will be set on fire to commemorate the 350th year since the Great Fire.
The show will be directed by Tim van Someren who created the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony and presented by Lauren Laverne, and will be streamed online. The Space, which empowers artists and organisations through digital media, are funding the live stream and pre-event content for London 1666.
The project has involved months of work with young people across several inner city boroughs: Camden, Hackney, Islington, Newham, Southwark and Tower Hamlets. Hundreds of schoolchildren have taken part in integrated drawing and history workshops in schools across these boroughs, and designed decorative panels to be included in the final piece.
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