A large wooden model of London was set ablaze Sunday to mark the anniversary of the Great Fire of London, which ripped through the British city 350 years ago.
The 390-foot-long model was set on fire Sunday night on the River Thames (pronounced “tems”), producing spectacular flames against the backdrop of the city skyline.
The burning was the finale of a festival marking the epic four-day fire that destroyed much of the walled city in 1666. At the time, many buildings were made of wood, which had dried out during a drought that summer. More than 13,000 houses and businesses were destroyed. The official death toll was only six, but it is believed that many more people died as a result of the fire.
The anniversary observance was part of a collaboration between a British art-event organization and American sculptor David Best, who designed the model. The six-day retelling of the story of the Great Fire included art installations, performances, guided tours and lectures.