Safari. Great word. And even though we’re in the City of London safari’s the mot juste for this walk. We’re an “expedition on foot.” And, yes, we’re a “party travelling into unspoiled areas for tourism or game viewing.” We’ve got “big game” in the shape of the City’s monumental sculptures – the monarchs of the glen, the king of beasts sculptures. They’ve all got a history, they’ve all got a habitat, they’ve all got distinctive characteristics. They’ve got a past. They’ve got their own stories. It’s stuff thats fun to know, stuff that gives pause, stuff that changes the way you see these works. Stuff that makes the new familiar and the familiar new. But it’s not just “big game.” You’ll also be shown tiny, hidden little pieces that you’d just never see off your own bat. And that’s why the adjective “unspoiled” is spot on for this walk. It’s the City of London – the Wall Street of Europe – but there are things in there (or up there) – delightful little details, decorative bagatelles (including, yes, tiny little creatures) – that only the trained eye can pick out. To see them you have to be, well, spot on. You have to be taken to the X-marks-the-spot spot and then have your gaze directed. Those are fun moments. They’re the walking tour equivalent of Attenborough going sub-microscopic. Good walk. Guided by Anne-Marie.
THE CITY SCULPTURE SAFARI – THE PRACTICALS
The City Sculpture Safari takes place at 10.45 am on Saturday July 10th. The meeting point is just outside the exit of Tower HillTube. By the Tower Hill Tram coffee stall.