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The First Jigsaw Puzzle, 1762
On this spot, between brothels and drug addicts, John Spilsbury invented the first ‘Dissected Puzzle’. It was intended to educate upper-class children, but it found its greatest hour in the Great Depression of the 1930s.
Richard Serra’s Fulcrum
Just outside Broadgate Circle, five gigantic sheets of rusting steel have been haphazardly propped up against one other. This is Fulcrum, a sculpture by Richard Serra. Discover one of the boldest, and most controversial, artists of the twentieth century.
Rimbaud and Verlaine, “One Hell of a Household!”
Rimbaud and Verlaine, two of the most influential poets in French literature, had a sadistic and dysfunctional relationship – drinking, smoking opium, staying up for days at a time, and writing some of their greatest works. [CW: domestic violence; child abuse; suicide threat; drug abuse]
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Winterton House and Plastic Cladding
The viewpoint deals with four Greater London Council housing blocks – two in Tower Hamlets and a second pair in Westminster, where the architects employed an experimental plastics building system in their design and construction. More latterly, the buildings were involved in the “Homes for Votes” scandal in the 1980s, which has received renewed attention in the light of the Grenfell Tower disaster.