Frieze by Richard Kindersley
(based on handbills, printed for the Thames Frost Fairs)
In a modern echo of The Great Frost Fair of the once-frozen Thames, London Bridge is re-conceived as a horizon of ice. Eerie, mysterious and spectacular, it will float above the main structure of the existing bridge and appear out of a man-made “fog”. A string of pods span between the unfrozen water of the Thames and the frozen water of the ice-horizon, jewel-like, brilliant and luminescent. They connect viewing platforms and routes dotted across the bridge. From the platforms, you may view the city through pier-style binoculars and on the ice-horizon skate all year round. The bridge a fantastical place to be – you can walk through hazy ice-fountains, catch balloon rides or even see a mechanical menagerie of elephants and giraffes. It revives a pleasure that brightened many a harsh winter for Londoners over centuries.
By William Fitzstephens, 1190
The bridge would become London’s pleasure, arts and food centre, with an array of festivals, music events, poetry readings, theatrical performances and art exhibitions taking place inside and outside of the bridge’s cocoon-like pods.