All That Glitters is not Gold – A New Landmark for Aldgate.
A ghostly recreation of the original Aldgate floating above the ground, the outlines of its elevation overlaid with text from Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, which was supposedly written during Chaucer’s residency in the flat above the gate.
The outlines of the elevation of the old Aldgate are etched onto clear polycarbonate panels that carry an applied film with a gold-tinted two- way mirrored effect – more reflective by day and more transparent at night. By day you will see reflections of the surrounding buildings-mirrored over the top of the original elevation and overlaid with the Chaucer text; by night you will see through the structure to the buildings beyond, the text now glowing from within.
A new micro-gallery above the arch of the gate as well as a viewing platform at the top of each tower. A place to sit and contemplate within the heart of the City, a place for art, a place for conversation, a place to stop, a place to read.
The Architecture Foundation on behalf of The Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects and the Cit of London