Week 18 – #47 Triangles

This office building is named The Gherkin.  You can find it in London, UK.  Its shape is most unusual.  I loved the description of the building from an article in The Guardian so I am copying a small portion here – (fishnet stockings – remember those?)
The following is from the The Guardian article from May 5, 2014 by . Here is the link – https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/architecture-design-blog/2014/may/05/londons-top-10-towers
“Also likened to a pine cone, a bullet and a stubby cigar – and perhaps least like its knobbly pickled namesake – the Gherkin was a mischievous arrival to the City skyline in 2003. A lovable, chubby creature, it has stood the test of time, holding its own in an increasingly choked cluster. Wrapped with a diagrid structure that makes it look like it’s bulging out of a pair of fishnet stockings, its rounded form was justified for reasons of aerodynamics (might it lift off?) and internal ventilation.”

Week 6 – #37 Senior Hands

The Westminster Clock Tower which houses Big Ben, was completed in 1859.  For this theme, instead of what one might expect, I thought a photo of the hands from this famous clock which would be 158 years old, would fit the theme quite well.

In June 2012, the British Parliament changed the name of the tower to Queen Elizabeth II in honor of Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee.

The tower is not open for tours except for UK residents.  There is no elevator (lift) so they need to walk the 344 stairs.

The clock and dials were designed by Augustus Pugin. The clock dials are set in an iron frame 23 feet (7.0 m) in diameter, supporting 312 pieces of opal glass, rather like a stained glass window. Some of the glass pieces may be removed for inspection of the hands. The surround of the dials is gilded. At the base of each clock dial in gilt letters is the Latin inscription:
Domine Salvam fac reginam nostram victoriam primam

Which means O Lord, keep safe our Queen Victoria the First.

Unlike most other Roman numeral clock dials, which show the ‘4’ position as ‘IIII’, the Great Clock faces depict ‘4’ as ‘IV’.

I think these qualify as senior hands.