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Monday, 14 March 2011

The Awesome London Eye in Little London

The London Eye has been replicated in Little London! Installed last week, the beautiful copy of the giant London Ferris Wheel looks amazing against Katrina Pascale’s virtual London backdrop. Also known as the Millennium Wheel, the real London Eye is 443 ft tall, making it the tallest Ferris wheel in Europe. The wheel has 32 passenger capsules, each one representing a London Borough. Each individual capsule can hold up to 25 people at a time. The London Eye takes 30 minutes to make one revolution (10 inches per second). The slowness of the wheel allows able-bodied people to board and disembark without the wheel being stopped. The wheel, designed by a group of architects, was constructed in sections, which were floated up the Thames on barges and assembled lying flat on platforms. Once completed the wheel was raised upright by a strand jack system. The wheel was opened to the public on March 9, 2000 and has been one of London’s main tourist attractions ever since.
Katrina’s London Eye can take up to four passengers and it takes approximately 3 minutes to complete a revolution. The scale looks really well done and fits in with Little London very well. Katrina and I went to one of the luxury apartments in Little London to get a really good view of the wheel and she kindly posed for me on the balcony. I asked Katrina to say a few words about the wheel, she told me “I just really want people to come and see it for themselves. This sim is all about the people.” I told Katrina I loved all the changes she has made in the sim recently as well and she said they were voted for by the Council. She said “I'm just the architect” Well I think Katrina is more than just the architect, she is the driving force in her wonderful Little London. Katrina’s great team (her Council) all work together to make it a truly awe-inspiring London. Go and have a trip in the SL version of the London Eye in Little London, it’s great fun!

Janey Bracken

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