Starred in 1951
as part of the Festival of Britain
The height of the base from the ground
and pointed at both ends
Fabricated by Painter Brothers, the Skylon Structure Festival of Britain was nearly 90 metres high and consisted of a steel latticework frame, pointed at both ends and supported by cables slung between three steel beams.
The structure, which was seen as a symbol of optimism following World War 2 rations, appeared to float above the ground thanks to its pointed ends being supported on cables. Despite the popularity of the structure, the cost of dismantling and re-erecting it at another site following the festival was deemed too expensive and it was demolished in 1952.