17 Nov '12, 5am

Elephant & Castle: the story of that big cube on the roundabout by @CabbieBlog

Elephant & Castle: the story of that big cube on the roundabout by @CabbieBlog

During the five years that I was at college I would spend some of my time staring out of the window at a silver cube in the middle of the Elephant and Castle roundabout. Today I would bet the thousands who pass through that double roundabout at the Elephant don’t even notice the enormous box in front of them. At 75ft wide and 20ft high it is what must be by volume the largest monument in London – and nobody seems to notice it. T he Michael Faraday Memorial was designed by the brutalist architect Rodney Gordon who, with the regeneration of the Elephant in the early 60s, wanted to embody his visionary credentials of the man who was the area’s favourite son, who was born in nearby Newington Butts. Unfortunately even though the notorious Heygate Estate was still under construction vandalism was already a problem. So out went Rodney Gordon’s box of glass, which would have allow...

Full article: http://www.cabbieblog.com/blog/2012/11/16/the-elephant-in...

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