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Best of 2005

(January 1st - December 31st, 2005)

Rikuichi Kishimoto

Animal Kingdom

Ian Kerr

West Orchards, Coventry

Coventry, England, UK

21st August 2005. 21.15hrs

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Coventry’s 1950s & 60s architectural rebirth, after WW2 bomb decimation, produced one of the first pedestrianised town centres and gave rise to a unique Cathedral featuring the ruins of the old building alongside a new Basil Spence creation, unusually orientated along a North-South axis. In recent years, during work to build a public space project called the Phoenix Initiative; short listed for the prestigious Stirling Prize for architecture, the ruins of a third, the original, cathedral were discovered; Henry VIII’s papal animosity being responsible for its destruction.

Coventry is the home of the British motor industry, now all but gone; Jaguar, Triumph, Rover, Daimler, Alvis and more, even Massey Ferguson, have left the city or no longer exist. But heritage is preserved in the magnificent Coventry Transport Museum, home to land speed record-breaking Thrust 2.

The City’s redevelopment continues apace: West Orchards Shopping Centre is one of the new malls offering a quality retail experience.

Conventional photography can only touch this space, giving a “likeness” in one direction or another, unable to record the feel of the environment. VR does the whole job, puts the viewer inside the building on a Virtual Reality experience; able to see not just all round but up to the dome and down to the lower level, almost as good as being there.

This dusk view gives a colourful impression, the blue of the dome and sky being a significant balance to the warm internal glow. A sunlit daylight VR, alive with shoppers, can be seen here and an extraordinary “flat” abstraction from this spherical pan is available here.

Europe / UK-England

Lat: 52° 24' 35" N
Long: 2° 31' 44" W

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