Artwork catches fire with London

London's modern high-rises will be the backdrop to a theatrical retelling of the Great Fire of London that happened in 1666.

The city is commemorating the 350th anniversary of the catastrophe with a festival of arts and performances called London's Burning.

An artwork (above) that caught the public's attention is a 120m-long scaled wooden replica of the 17th-century London skyline, currently moored to the banks of the River Thames.

Titled London 1666 and designed by Californian artist David Best, it will be set alight in the middle of the river on Sept 4 for the festival finale.

Ms Helen Marriage, director of Artichoke which curated the event with the help of Arts Council England, told The Guardian: "(The festival) is an artistic response that addresses the impact of the Great Fire of London on the city, its inhabitants and buildings, and how it emerged from the ashes and evolved to the resilient world city it is today."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 01, 2016, with the headline 'Artwork catches fire with London'. Print Edition | Subscribe