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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
26th September 1963 Born today: Lysette Anthony, London, actress (Angelique-Dark Shadows, Switch)
26th September 1961 Author Will Self was born in Finchley, North London.
26th September 1947 Born today: Graham Faulkner, London, actor (Brother Sun Sister Moon)
26th September 1926 JB Fagan's And So to Bed, premieres in London
26th September 1907 Born today: Ralph Michael, London England, actor (Quest, Doctor in the House)
26th September 1087 The Coronation of William II in Westminster Abbey.
Pimlico Cooling Tower
The most splendid ventilation shaft in London.
Location: Bessborough Street, Pimlico
Description: Just on the concrete concourse outside Pimlico station pop artist Sir Eduardo Paolozzi (1924-2005) converted an ugly ventilation shaft for the car park below (not the underground as is commonly mistaken) into an impressive piece of industrial art.
The fascinating structure is covered in panels with cogs, insects, satellites, gears and machine parts, and was installed in 1982.
Today it is listed at Grade II for this reason Artistic interest: a cast metal sculpture of high artistic and aesthetic quality, high tech in spirit with exposed and celebrated mechanical features and an anthropomorphic robotic quality. Its location in its original setting contributes to its significance, but the artistic interest of the sculpture is not dependent on its locale.
The ventilation shaft cover was commissioned by the Crown Estate Commissioners through Whitfield Partners who, between 1976 and 1983, designed and constructed two commercial blocks on either side of it.