Please Use Other Footpath

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Are there too many people in central London?

illustration of London architecture
Please Use Other Footpath

This new image was inspired by that feeling I get sometimes when London isn’t quite as fun as it should be. All it takes is a stuffy tube ride, a cancelled train home, feeling travel sick on the bus, etc. and even the most loyal Londoner thinks it might be healthier to live by a babbling river in the Oxfordshire countryside. This is not peculiar to Londoners, I’m sure. All modern (and historical) city dwellers have bad days when they wished they had the streets to themselves.

The apparent onslaught of quickly built skyscrapers is due to arrive any week now, if you believe what you read. We may all like the shining pinnacles when they are complete, but I think it is a genuine worry for people. They don’t seem to be for anyone other than rich corporate boardroom goers. Architecturally, it could end up as a pissing contest – my urban erection is bigger than yours!

However, despite all this, my image ended up being quite pretty with a low sun, dramatic shadows and warm colours. Hopefully it bodes well for the future: even glass and steel can look attractive in the right light. I call it ‘Please Use Other Footpath’.