The Millennium Projects

Several monuments were planned and made to mark this event. The UK sought planners and architects, hoping to build monuments that could have a long-lasting impact, at least till the eve of the next century. For instance, the Millennium Dome that resembles the 1951 Dome of Discovery was built especially for this occasion. The Millennium Footbridge was built solely for this purpose. However, though all monuments played their parts well, only one monument was worthy enough to be termed as the Monument of the City. There was only one monument that earned acclaim to be considered a national monument. Pritzker Architecture Prize Winner, Sir Richard Rogers in his speech about this monument said the following words: …(it) has done for London what theEiffel Towerdid for Paris, which is to give it a symbol and to let people climb above the city and look back down on it. Not just specialists or rich people, but everybody. That’s the beauty of it: it is public and accessible, and it is in a great position at the heart of London. The social impact of the monument was so significant that even though planned only to operate for five years, its success had to push its owners and developers to make it permanent! The monument definitely deserved the title it ultimately was rewarded – The London Eye. ‘The 450-foot tall ‘eye’ overlooked 25 miles in range to each of its sides. Riding it became a must. indeed an unforgettable London experience (White, 2000)’. The Ferris wheel is unique in its design and approach. It is solely an ambassador of the UK since everything about the wheel is made and used in such a way that it depicts the UK. For instance, most of the material used to build it has been locally produced. Even the 32 cabins on its circumference are a symbol of the 32 boroughs of Greater London! ‘The wheel, a landmark designed by the Marks Barfield Architects resembles some extent a giant bicyclewheel with spokes that meet down to the pivot on the A-shaped structure (Garrison, 2005).’