Conceived by architects Davis Marks and Julia Barfield, built by British Airways and run by the Tussauds group, the Eye has been open to the public from March 2000. A simple yet beautiful construction, it stands some 450ft high (135 metres) and is the sixth tallest structure in London. The glass gondolas are carried on the outside of the wheel, enabling unobstructed views of 25 miles or more. A ride on the Eye lasts just over 30 minutes.
The Eye is an awesome and inspiring stucture simply to look at, not just to ride on. I hope these photographs of it speak for themselves.
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December 1999 - the Eye is winched into place
January 2000 - the gondolas have been fitted and the Eye will shortly open to the public
View from Westminster Bridge
Various views from the Thames embankment and from Jubilee Gardens
March 2000 - a ride on the Eye
Inside a capsule
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