Designed by an architect couple with the concept of a landmark for the new millennium, the giant Ferris wheel of London called the London Eye does indeed give an eyeful over this vibrant city from its rotating capsules as it reaches heights as much as 135 metres. It can be viewed as a large circle across the sky as it sits on the river bank of the Thames, its 32 glass walled capsules looking like studs of jewellery that are embedded in a bangle of silver and gold, its cross bars only looking very faintly and thread like so that the internal space seems a mere cobweb.
The London Eye is indeed the tallest Ferris wheel in Europe and speaks volumes in praise of its creators, the architecture couple Julia Barfield and Davis Marks and a group of architects who pushed untiringly to set the project in motion, once the concept was completed for the millennium landmark theme. Today it is one of London’s must see attractions and is an excellent way to get an aerial view of the city and notable landmarks; Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, St. Paul’s Cathedral and as far as 40 kms can be seen on a day of good weather. The 32 capsules each of which is about 8 metres are relatively long with a glass exterior and air conditioned interior with accommodation of up to 25 people and moves slow enough for passengers to walk about as it takes about 30 minutes for a single rotation.
From a technical point of view, the giant observation wheel is known as the world’s tallest cantilevered observation wheel and has incorporated a tremendous amount of steel and other material as well as huge amounts of mechanical equipment and a great deal of manpower from around the world.
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Chandrishan Williams is a travel writer who writes under the pen name, Caleb Falcon. He specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers.