Monday, July 8, 2013

Philatelic Photograph: London Eye - London, England

Interesting Places I've Photographed
London Eye
London, England
Topic: Philatelic Photographs

N 51° 30.188 W 000° 07.168

Quick Description: 

The London Eye is locate in the Jubilee Gardens on the bank of the Thames River in London.

Long Description:

The London Eye is a 443' tall, 394' in diameter Ferris wheel. It is the tallest Ferris wheel in Europe. Since it's opening on March 9, 2000 it has become the most popular paid attraction in the United Kingdom. On average 3.5 million people ride the Ferris wheel every year.

A project of British Airways, it was constructed to celebrate the advent of the millennium. The giant wheel is supported by a single A frame anchored on the Jubilee Gardens. It was designed by architects Frank Anatole, Nic Bailey, Steve Chilton, Malcolm Cook, Mark Sparrowhawk, Julia Barfield and David Marks. The wheel was constructed in sections, floated up the Thames on barges, assembled on piled platforms in the river, and lifted into an upright position.

The wheel has 32 passenger capsules, each can hold 25 people. It rotates at 10" per second. One revolution takes about 30 minutes. Passengers, generally, get on and off while the wheels remains in motion.

Looking Down Through The Eye

The stamp shows the London Eye as viewed from the northeast with the Palace of Westminster Tower visible through the wheel. This view is possible from the far corner of the Jubilee Gardens of from the Waterloo Bridge. The stamp was issued by Great Britain in 2012 in conjunction with the Para-Olympic Games held that year in London.

Facts about the London Eye:

The London Eye took seven years and hundreds of people from five countries to build.

On a clear day, you can see about 25 miles.

The London Eye can carry 800 passengers per revolution.

Each of the 32 capsules weighs 10 tons.

The circumference of the wheel is 1.392 feet.

The total weight of the wheel and capsules is 2,100 tons.

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