Acrylic Fridge Magnet of the London Eye in London, United Kingdom
This is an acrylic fridge magnet souvenir of the London Eye in London, United Kingdom. The London Eye is a giant Ferris wheel located on the banks of the River Thames in London, England. It is 135 metres (443 ft) tall and the wheel has a diameter of 120 metres (394 ft). It is the tallest Ferris wheel in Europe, and the most popular paid tourist attraction in the United Kingdom, visited by over 3.5 million people annually. When erected in 1999 it was the tallest Ferris wheel in the world, until the 160 m (520 ft) Star of Nanchang in 2006 and then the 165 m (541 ft) Singapore Flyer in 2008. Supported by an A-frame on one side only, unlike the taller Nanchang and Singapore wheels, the Eye is described by its operators as "the world's tallest cantilevered observation wheel". It was the highest public viewing point in the city until the 245-metre (804 ft) observation deck on the 72nd floor of The Shard, which opened to the public on 1 February 2013.
A Landmark For The New Century
The structure was the result of a competition to design a landmark for the new millennium. None of the entrants won the competition, but the couple who designed it pressed on and eventually got the backing of British Airways to sponsor the project. Construction took more than a year and a half to complete. The capsules, accommodate up to 25 passengers, are 8 meters long and weigh 500kg. The observation wheel turns slow enough for people to embark while it is moving. A complete turn takes about 30 minutes. Passengers have a 360 view over London. It's less crowded at night when the views are even more spectacular.