Image title: London Swiss Re 'Gherkin' as space rocket


Swiss Re

This is a rough draft of a image which transforms Sir Norman Foster's Swiss Re Building, more commonly known as 'the gherkin' into a space rocket. The image was made by copying the top half of the building, flipping it vertically and adding it to the bottom, removing nearby buildings, with the final addition of fins and a fire plume.

I was contacted by a designer who wanted to use a photo of the Swiss Re building for a poster in which it would be transformed into a rocket. I did this rough draft and sent it to him, but didn't hear back from him. I often find that modern buildings are most interesting when they remind us of other things,


London Swiss Re 'Gherkin' as space rocket



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Nikon D100 digital camera Digital manipulation done in Photoshop

London, Swiss Re Building, gherkin, Sir Norman Foster, space rocket, digital montage

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Aidan O'RourkeAidan O’Rourke has built up a wide range of experience in both film and digital photography. He first became interested in photography in 1981. Since 1996 he has documented Manchester and Liverpool in photos and words. Aidan O’Rourke is a multimedia journalist and tutor in photography and languages. He is based in Stockport and covers Manchester, Liverpool and northern England.

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