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Structures and Materials of World Culture
London Eye in London by Ove Arup
  1. Introduction
The history of Big wheel is found back in 17th century (londoneye, accessed 2011). The earliest big wheel was the ups and downs crude, a hand turned device. George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr. has designed 80 meter wheel for the world’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois, USA in 1893 and the Ferris was named after George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr (londoneye, accessed 2011). The first wheel weighed 2000 tonnes and it could carry more than two thousand people at one time (londoneye, accessed 2011). The Ferris wheel was the largest wheel of world’s Columbian exposition at that time.   The Ferris wheel was powered by two HP steam engines. It had 36 cars which could carry 60 people at one time (londoneye, accessed 2011). It could make two revolutions in twenty minutes. Ferris wheel was moved twice after year 1893 fair and it was destroyed in 1904 and later it was used in St. Louis exposition (londoneye, accessed 2011).  
The original design of the London Eye was designed by Arup, a global professional providing services in engineering, design, consulting, and project management (londoneye, accessed 2011).
London has top most attractions of the world and it is one of the culture capitals of the world. The London Eye is one of the attractions found in London (londoneye, accessed 2011). The London Eye is known as Millennium Wheel, formerly it was known as the Merlin Entertainments London Eye and before that, it was known as British Airways London Eye (londoneye, accessed 2011). And since 20 January 2011, it has been officially known as the EDF Energy London Eye followed by a three years sponsorship deal (londoneye, accessed 2011). The London Eye observation wheel has won around 75 awards for national and international tourism, for its...

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