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Vanishing Views

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Architect Ptolemy Dean paints the views of buildings that he thinks are national treasures and world known landmarks, but are under threat of destruction due to the wrecking ball, the weather or from coastal erosion.

Ptolemy will suspend himself off builders’ cranes, head out to sea on lifeboats and perch on half-finished development sites to capture these extraordinary views for one last time.

Wednesday 1 August 6:30pm          Sheffield
Architect Ptolemy Dean sketches famous views before they disappear forever. He begins by visiting Sheffield’s iconic cooling towers before they were demolished in August, having stood alongside the M1 for decades.

Wednesday 8 August 6:30pm          Brighton
Here he documents the historic beachfront view before the addition of an 180-metre-high observation mast set to become the tallest viewing platform in the UK.

Wednesday 15 August 6:30pm        St Pauls
Here he sketches a new view of St Paul’s Cathedral, available thanks to the demolition of an old building and soon to be blocked again by a new retail complex.

Wednesday 22 August 6:30pm        Edinburgh
Architect Ptolemy Dean sketches famous views before they disappear forever. In this episode he investigates the possible impact that over £6billion of building work will have on the Edinburgh skyline.

Wednesday 29 August 6:30pm        Liverpool
Architect Ptolemy Dean sketches famous views before they disappear forever. In this episode he travels to Liverpool to learn about redevelopment work that will replace the classic Mersey skyline with a new ferry terminal and museum.