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Monday, 23 September 2013

London Consolidation Crew - Urban Explorers

The Daily Mail have published some stunning photographs - not being one to climb heights or venture down tunnels, there are people who are defying the laws and restrictions - a while ago daredevils from Russia climbed on top of the Great Pyramid to reveal that with signatures there, perhaps a pact had been made before. Nothing is hidden....

These following extraordinary pictures are the work of urban explorer Dr Bradley Garrett, who seeks out secret areas both above and below ground to photograph.

A team of urban explorers on top of a water tower on the roof of an estate in Pimlico in London, UK. Bradley Garrett said the movement is about 'democratising' city spaces.

Bradley Garret is part of a team who made headlines in 2012 after posting photographs taken from the top of The Shard skyscraper while still under construction.


'A member stands on his head inside a vast underground tunnel during the excavation of a new line for the Paris Metro' (so a new line is being created)

Garrett is now a researcher at the University of Oxford. These photographs were taken during his time with the London Consolidation Crew (LCC) -this means a loose collection of urban explorers based in the English capital.

Sliding down a water slide at the abandoned Rock A Hoola Water Park in the Mojave Desert, California - (another creative space neglected and forgotten)

The Farwell Building in Detroit - will this be left empty?

'Rarely seen: Bradley Garrett poses against a giant statue of a head on the roof of the Palais de Justice in Brussels, Belgium'

'The most important Court building in Belgium, and is a notable landmark of Brussels.The Brussels Palace of Justice is bigger than St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. Although lacking the dome and being much smaller, the Justice Palace in Lima in Peru, which houses the Supreme Court of Peru, is based upon the Brussels Palace of Justice.'

Bradley Garrett is seen standing in front of the funnel of The Queen Mary in Los Angeles, U.S. (home of the City of Angels)

Climbing London's Shard while still under construction

A crane tower in Aldgate East over a construction site

Aldgate was the eastern-most gateway through London Wall leading from the City of London to Whitechapel and the East End of London, England.

The ward today is dominated by the insurance industry. Prominent buildings include the Lloyd's Register building, 30 St Mary Axe (formerly the Swiss Re Building), the Willis Building and the London Metal Exchange.

Three churches are located in Aldgate ward: St. Botolph's, St Katharine Cree (1631) and St Andrew Undershaft (1532) - administered from St. Helen's in Lime Street ward.

The Bevis Marks Synagogue (1699), the oldest in the United Kingdom, is also located in the ward, on Bevis Marks.

The nearest London Underground station is Aldgate on the Circle. Nearby mainline railway stations: Liverpool Street and Fenchurch Street, and Tower Gateway:

Up on top of the the roof of Cambridge University

High above - London's disused flour mill, Millennium Mills


'A man dangles upside down as he enters the Embankment Cable Run on the north bank of the River Thames' - (Seeing from a different perspective)

The day after Princess Diana died she appeared in my dream, we were talking together and went to Buckingham Palace where we encountered the Queen. Diana and I were first sitting together on the embankment - today banking is being done how?

'Las Vegas at night from the unfinished 68-storey, $2.9billion Fontainebleau Las Vegas hotel' (what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas - pictured here though)

Fontainebleau is a commune in the metropolitan area of Paris, France. A favourite weekend getaway for Parisians, as well as for the historical ch√Ęteau de Fontainebleau, which once belonged to the kings of France. (French connection - with Vegas too?)


'A man inside the tunnel carrying the River Tyburn - one of London's many 'lost rivers' - (Tyburn, a manor of Marylebone, recorded in Domesday Book iswhere from late medieval times until the 18th century traitors were left following hanging)

Another lost river, the River Effra - (High Bank, near Crystal Palace, Vauxhall Bridge is Alfred Drury's sculpture of Science a lady holding the orb http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Effra_vauxhall_1.jpg

Garrett,looking from the roof of Saint-Sulpice church, Paris.

Saint-Sulpice is a Roman Catholic churchwithin the rue Bonaparte, in the Luxembourg Quarter of the VIe arrondissement. it is only slightly smaller than Notre-Dame and thus the second largest church in the city. It is dedicated to Sulpitius the Pious.

During the Directory, Saint-Sulpice was used as a Temple of Victory.


'Freedom: The urban explorer said the movement was about appreciation for the spaces rather than the thrill of breaking in' (we get to learn about these places)


'While some of the group's larger ventures such as an exploration of Burlington, an underground Cold War city designed to house the UK government in the event of a nuclear strike, required intricate planning, sometimes - as with The Shard - they would just let the city surprise them.'

Across the road where I was born in Beulah Crescent, Thornton Heath, Surrey is Burlington Road. Being named in Manchester, Sale, Kingston Upon Themes and Blackpool is no surprise with name connections I was told of these underground cities back in 1980. The people trust those who are not being sincere with the people...


'On the edge of the Ritz-Carlton Chicago as lightning strikes in the distance' - Looking at googlemaps on the other side, the land is all about rivers and water, also Holland is named a land that is partly underwater. Also I notice Ionia has been named.

Hastings is seen and Battle Creek. Battle of Hastings 1066.

'Hitting the headlines: from the top of the Shard while it was still being built in 2012 (who does this building represent - the tallest building in Europe)


'Exploring the old: A man holds up a tattered bible in the Woodward Avenue Presbyterian Church in Detroit, U.S.' - (Don't let the churches decay - these have been built on energy points and the more people who are praying, prayers are magnified)


In the Wizard of Oz are there not two brick roads...a red and yellow. The bricks here look like they are covered in blood - like some ritual sacrifice has happened.


'Unseen: An urban explorer illuminates a Parisian sewer.' - what is unseen is a reminder that just because we cannot see does not mean that we do not know. Even in this dark place there appeared to be underground beyond this.

'If you love the city enough and you've seen loads of places, you get to a point where you're like 'yeah, but I know these other places are here, I want to see those places too'.'

Trespass is generally not a criminal offence in the UK - setting foot on the railways is a different matter, and the explorers eventually fell foul of the law during their search for the disused 'ghost stations' of the London Underground.

Garrett was marched off a plane by British Transport Police and his bail conditions currently prevent him from communicating with other members of the LCC. Nevertheless, he is adamant that in the long run the group will remain friends.

'You build very particular bonds with people when you risk your lives together and when you spend your nights jumping over fences and running from security guards, it's a very particular type of friendship,' Garrett said.

'That has meant more to me than anything. I've learnt a lot about the history of London, and I've learnt a lot about how different security measures are put together and implemented, but the thing I've really learnt the most about is about community, about what it means to have a real community of people that you care about. These people will be friends for the rest of my life.'


Extraordinary Photographs - looking up the page, the Lady of Justice, her neck is split - leaning more. At the end of the Second World War, on the eve of the liberation of Brussels, the retreating Germans started a fire in the Palace of Justice in order to destroy it.

As a result, the cupola collapsed and part of the building was heavily damaged. By 1947 most of the building was repaired and the cupola was rebuilt two and a half meters higher than the original.

Starting in 2003, renovations have begun on the building. These renovations pertain to the repair and strengthening of the roof structure and the walls as well as putting a new layer on the gilded cupola.

With appreciation to the Daily Mail for publishing these and the Urban Explorers who risked their lives to raise our awareness in perspective to seek understanding.


Peace, love and best wishes
Pauline Maria

No Copyright Infringement Intended
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint-Sulpice,_Paris
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fontainebleau
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyburn_%28stream%29
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/River_Effra
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aldgate
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law_Courts_of_Brussels
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2428932/Amazing-pictures-taken-urban-explorer-posted-snaps-unfinished-Shard-glimpse-hidden-corners-worlds-cities.html#ixzz2fgJZhrwj

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