In 1666, London was devastated by a raging inferno that laid waste to its medieval wooden infrastructure and became one of the defining disasters in the city’s history. Last week, the city commemorated the Great Fire of London with Great Fire 350, a series of fire-themed art and cultural events that culminated in “London 1666,” a spectacular symbolic re-enactment of the fire by American sculptor David Best.
Famous for his Burning Man temples, Best designed a sprawling 394-foot-long wooden architectural model representing London’s 17th-century skyline. It was floated on the Thames and summarily burned in a dramatic retelling of the historic event.
Watch London burn below: