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   xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Aug 10 04:02 AM

August 10, 2008: War of the Worlds

Woking, England, is H.G. Wells’ hometown, and the area in which the first martian "Cylinder" landed, in Wells' War of the Worlds.
In 1998, to celebrate the centenary of War of the Worlds, Michael Condron built this 23ft high sculpture of the "Tripod"

Next to the tripod, is the "Cylinder", and there are also 11 types of bacteria represented by designs on surrounding stones,
some of which continue up the legs of the "Tripod".

Woking seems to be a stable business town (city?), of 91,000, but doesn't look to me like much of a tourist destination.
I think the "Tripod" is a cool thing to have in the middle of town, but I wonder if this art, in itself, will draw a lot of tourists to Woking?

Neatorama points to this link

xiphos  Sunday Aug 10 01:05 PM

They could've made it look a lot cooler, but I loved the book and next time I'm around Woking I'll check this out.

birdclaw  Sunday Aug 10 01:06 PM

Sure doesn't look like much of a tourist attraction to me. It doesn't look like much at all really.

Ibby  Sunday Aug 10 01:34 PM


DanaC  Sunday Aug 10 03:25 PM

I doubt it's so much a tourist attraction, as it is a piece of artistic branding and an exercise in civic pride. The area will attract its share of tourists because of WotW, and little details like that help add to the atmosphere. Mainly though, this sort of thing is usually about the feel good factor for the citizenry. I wouldn't be suprised if it had lottery funding.

ZenGum  Monday Aug 11 01:26 AM

Originally Posted by DanaC View Post
I doubt it's so much a tourist attraction...
You mean it isn't woking yet?

SPUCK  Monday Aug 11 04:49 AM

I like it, though I don't remember the original cylinders..

I would've liked the new WOW better if it hadn't had Tom Cruise ruining it. The effects were great. The original chilling assault was great too.

Sundae  Monday Aug 11 06:28 AM

I think it's fantastic - in both meanings of the world.
Good for them.

I agree with Dana, this has nothing to do with tourism. It's a Woking thing for Woking people.

I love how massive it looks in the first picture. That's how big it should be - it should loom, and dominate and terrify. I can understand why they scaled it down though

Hertzie  Monday Aug 11 07:04 AM

All I can say is that had better turn into a street light at night

sweetwater  Monday Aug 11 08:40 AM

It would make a perfect place for a security camera, but I think it's whimsical. If not a tourist attraction, then at least it is a photo opportunity for any who pass by.

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