30 St Mary Axe, better known as The (Erotic) Gherkin, is a skyscraper in the City which at the time of its building was the second tallest building in London. It was completed in 2003 and stands in the site of the former Baltic Exchange which was badly damaged by a bomb planted by the Provisional IRA in 1992.
Is this a building that – for all practical purposes – is shaped like a globe?
In fact, the Gherkin looks like this:
Although personally, I think that looks like a spaceship, not a gherkin. (And let’s not speculate about the ‘erotic’!)
For a distant literary reference (this pretends to be a book blog after all), I remember reading about St Mary Axe in Pepys – enjoy this delightful tale of a hanging in St Mary Axe in 1664!
Thursday 21 January 1664
Up, and after sending my wife to my aunt Wight’s to get a place to see Turner hanged, I to the office, where we sat all the morning, and at noon going to the ‘Change; and seeing people flock in the City, I enquired, and found that Turner was not yet hanged. And so I went among them to Leadenhall Street, at the end of Lyme Street, near where the robbery was done; and to St. Mary Axe, where he lived. And there I got for a shilling to stand upon the wheel of a cart, in great pain, above an houre before the execution was done; he delaying the time by long discourses and prayers one after another, in hopes of a reprieve; but none came, and at last was flung off the ladder in his cloake. A comely- looked man he was, and kept his countenance to the end: I was sorry to see him. It was believed there were at least 12 or 14,000 people in the street.
In response to the One Word Photo Challenge: Distortion. You might also like: The Erotic Gherkin is in a Pickle: an article in The Telegraph about the construction of the Gherkin The man whose hanging Pepys went to such 'great pain' to see: Colonel James Turner in the online Pepys encyclopaedia.