The City of London. A hive of activity, beacon of industry and an ancient financial powerhouse.
At the weekend The City falls silent. Monoliths of steel and glass, normally humming with productivity and enterprise, stand empty and abandoned. Their enormous energy, paused, if only temporarily.
Built on the triumphs of our modern age, what happens when the power of these buildings and the institutions they represent appears to be all but gone? What happens when they fail?
In this re-imagining of the 'Pruit Igoe' sequence from the 1981 film 'Koyaanisqatsi', the buildings of the City of London replace footage of the ill-fated Pruitt Igoe housing project in St. Louis, Missouri. Both were built on ideals and under favourable political climates. Both now stand as a representation of the failure of these same ideals.
Koyaanisqatsi features footage of the demolition of Pruitt Igoe in 1972 by the Federal Government. Whilst the buildings of the City of London may still stand, many see their glory and their power as fallen.
Shot, edited and directed by Simon Eves.
Original music: 'Pruit Igoe' by Philip Glass from Koyaanisqatsi.