'Vienna From a Different Angle' in Trafalgar Square - London
The Viennese Tourist Board brought 'Vienna From a Different Angle' to a vertical wall in Trafalgar Square, thought to be the tallest temporary erection ever in the square at 21 meters. UK. 25th October 2011
The Viennese Tourist Board brought 'Vienna from a Different Angle' to a vertical wall in Trafalgar Square, thought to be the tallest temporary erection in the square at 21 metres.
Nelson had company in Trafalgar Square on Tuesday when the Vienniese tourist authority took over the square for a series of performances on a roughly 60 foot tall vertical stage erected there. At 51.59 metres to the tip of his admiral's hat, Nelson was still the highest thing around despite the MC's claim that this wall was the tallest erection ever in the square, but it certainly was impressively high.
Certainly I was glad to keep my feet on terra firma as the performers, firmly fixed to ropes, came over the top and began their performance as they abseiled down, aided by some very careful letting out of the ropes by their controllers above.
Some of the various tableaux as the various groups descended were more obviously linked to Vienna than others and included waltzes, cafes and Klimt (and what appears to be a rather depressing 'modern music scene') and I didn't feel particulary attracted to the city by the thought that I might find myself descending from on high in this kind of way - even or perhaps especially under the supervision of world bungee jump record holder Jochen Schweizer.
So far as I'm concerned it would have been far more effective (and cost less) for them to have handed me a coffee or better still a glass of Grüner Veltliner along with a slice of Sachertorte. But certainly the audience seemed to appreciate the performances even if they left me with a feeling of vertigo.