Monument by Robert Wilkinson


The Monument commemorates the Great Fire of London. Built by Astronomers Christopher Wren and Robert Hooke with the ulterior motive of acting as a telescope (the previously hidden basement chambers from which they observed the heavens will soon be opened to the public), it now stands surrounded by office blocks. I tried in this picture to capture a little of the cunning behind the pillar’s construction and its crafty survival in competition with its modern neighbours.