Computer generated images of new buildings and urban landscapes have long been a bit of an annoyance for me (and many people) in how the images rendered are rarely realistic representations of how the building will look when finished.
Always be suspicious of computer generated images of the buildings at dusk, as that is when most modern glassy buildings look their best. And even then, there is a suspicious lack of office clutter piled up next to the glass walls in such renders.
Likewise, wind farms in rural areas look a lot smaller on the company graphics, and much larger on opposition graphics.
But I think a prize needs to be given to English Heritage today for quite literally making the grass greener following some building work.
The ugly road that runs right next to Stonehenge has closed today — and will shortly by torn up and buried under grass. A new subterranean visitor center will also be constructed.
All of which leaves the stones more isolated and alone in the landscape — which is to be applauded.
In the computer renders of the before/after images, I couldn’t help but notice that the grass also gets greener around the sheep in the distance.
Nope – it’s not an optical illusion such as this — they really have coloured the grass to make it greener.
I had no idea that removing a road could have that effect.
Incidentally, while visitors are normally kept away from the stones, did you know you can go inside the stones themselves?
If you can muster up a group, you can book the stones for an hour in the evening after all the tourists have left and have the whole place to yourself.
I did that a few years ago – a really quite exceptional experience.