The Great Clock – Big Ben – London Landmark Art
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On my last visit to London, I had a somewhat unique opportunity, at least for those of us who don’t call London home.
On my first day there, the street that crosses Westminster Bridge by the Palace of Westminster was closed to vehicles. I had apparently just missed some sort of street race. I don’t know about you but I never dreamed of walking down the middle of that bridge. As you can see, there are people in the streets but no cars. If you’ve been to London, you know this is a rare treat!
That’s how I got the photo used as the basis for this picture of the great clock tower that we all know informally as Big Ben. I know there are anglophiles out there having slight convulsions after reading that. They know as well as I do that Big Ben is really the name of the bell. The tower has more recently been named in honor of Queen Elizabeth II. I know all that as well, but it’s hard to argue with the legions of people who look up at this British tower and instinctively know it as Big Ben.
I decided when editing this photo of that beautiful old tower that I wanted to go for a more vintage feel. I wanted to create a print that would compliment the fantastic Victorian Gothic revival architecture of the Westminster Palace. I feel these golden toned textures really create a true sense of vintage art – perhaps an old piece of Big Ben artwork found in the depths of Grandma’s trunk.
Note: The Palace of Westminster and adjoining Westminster Abbey are part of a UNESCO designated World Heritage Site as well as being an enduring part of English Heritage.