Photographer's Note

This is One Canada Square a "skyscraper" in Canary Wharf, London. It was the tallest building in the United Kingdom from 1990 to 2010, standing at 770 feet (235 m) and containing 50 storeys. In 2010, it was surpassed by The Shard which stands at 309.6 metres (1,016 ft).

One Canada Square was designed by principal architect Cesar Pelli, who based the design and shape mainly on the World Financial Center. The building is clad with durable stainless steel rather than natural stone. One of the features of the building is the pyramid roof which contains a flashing aircraft warning light (just in case anyone tries to land on top!

One Canada Square is a prestigious location for offices and is recognised as a London landmark. At the opening in 1991 Cesar Pelli, the main architect, gave his speech that included the following words:

"According to Lao Tse, the reality of a hollow object is in the void and not in the walls that define it. He was speaking, of course, of spiritual realities. These are the realities also of the Canary Wharf Tower. The power of the void is increased and... with its supporting structure creates a portal to the sky ... a door to the infinite."

Since then Canary Wharf has been massively regenerated but I can't help thinking this building is a hollow object that symbolises the spiritual void of the capitalist inhabitants. Hence my title taken from a Bob Marley song, Pimpers Paradise, make of it what you will.


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