Climate show forecasts frozen, ramshackle London

Wed Oct 27, 2010 10:59am EDT
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LONDON (Reuters Life!) - London's River Thames has frozen over, Buckingham Palace is surrounded by a shanty town and a flooded British capital is depicted as Venice with parliament rising from the waters in a new climate change show.

The "Postcards from the Future" exhibition is on at the Museum of London until March 6 next year. It includes 14 digitally transformed images of some of London's most famous landmarks to show the worst impacts of global warming, food scarcity and rising sea levels on Britain's capital.

Creators Robert Graves and Didier Madoc-Jones, from London-based digital illustration company GMJ, said they were inspired by climate change research and new environmental technologies to show different ways in which the British capital could adapt to a changing environment.

In one image, the dramatic pickle-shaped glass and steel office tower nicknamed the "Gherkin," is converted into a high-rise slum. In another, a mini ice age covers the capital and the Thames is frozen over, providing a natural skating rink.

The images can be viewed here

"We want to create a space in which people can consider how climate change may impact on their lives. We have deliberately chosen postcard shots of London, places that all of us are familiar with," the two creators said on the website.

Some critics have accused the show of being sensationalist.

(Reporting by Nina Chestney)