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As well as being a sad and a rainy day which I have to say adds the right kind of mood that I need for this shot I wanted to run over three subjects on this shot just to put you in the “picture” which I think is worth knowing, specially for those who don’t know.

Right, This is the famous view from the Tate Modern`s entrance which looks out to the river thames in the imediate distance, the first subject might be trivial but never the less I think its worth a little mention, the bench you see in first plan in middle left of the shot was designed by the Tate Modern; it is made of heavy concrete weigh about 2 tons and covered by a thick sleeve of rubber, there! I said it, now you know what it is.

Now, the giant metal spider that you see in second plan was created by the world famous Louise Bourgeois, like a creature escaped from a dream, or a larger-than-life embodiment of a secret childhood fear, the giant spider Maman casts a powerful physical and psychological shadow on anyone that approaches her, over 30 feet high, the mammoth sculpture is one of the most ambitious undertakings in the long career of Louse Bourgeois which spans over 60 years, Bourgeois has plumbed the depths of human emotion further and more passionately than perhaps any other artist of our time. Maman, (the spider name) is associated with the artist's own mother. The spider, who protects her precious eggs in a steel cage-like body, provokes awe and fear, but her massive height, improbably balanced on slender legs, conveys an almost poignant vulnerability.

And finally my third subject, Saint Paul’s Cathedral at the far end of the shot, if you look you can see the famous dome. St Paul's Cathedral is an Anglican cathedral and you can find it the City of London, the present building dates from the 17th century and is generally reckoned to be London's fifth St Paul's Cathedral, although the number is higher if every major medieval reconstruction is counted as a new cathedral. The cathedral is one of London's most visited sites.

The cathedral is built of Portland stone in a late Renaissance style, the dome was inspired by St Peter's Basilica in Rome and it rises 365 feet (108 meters) to the cross at its summit, making it a famous London landmark. Wren achieved a pleasing appearance by building three domes: the tall outer dome is non-structural but impressive to view, the lower inner dome provides an artistically balanced interior, and between the two is a structural cone that supports the apex structure and the outer dome. Wren was said to have been hauled up to the rafters in a basket during the building of its later stages to inspect progress and that’s the end of my lecture, many thanks to all TE members it has been a good year here on this site. Merry Christmas to all,

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