Friday, September 10, 1999 Published at 18:39 GMT 19:39 UK
Picture gallery: The lifting of the London Eye
The lifting of the world's largest Ferris wheel into position by the River Thames has hit a snag after a cable broke loose.
The massive project is due to be opened on millennium eve by Prime Minister Tony Blair - and it is hoped that it will be back on track next week.
The final piece of this enormous jigsaw was put in place in July as Londoners prepared to see their skyline change for ever.
With just days to go before it was due to be lifted into position, the 1,500 tonne wheel, lying on its side over the River Thames, was already a tourist attraction.
All the equipment was in place to lift the London Eye, an operation which was expected to take 16 hours.
Workmen made final checks on Friday morning in the shadow of another famous London landmark, Big Ben.
But the operation had to be halted when a cable broke free. Now the plans are on hold until next week at least - though project leaders are confident they will soon be back on schedule.
And this artist's impression shows just what a difference the wheel will make - eventually.