London’s about to get it own version of the High Line in New York. Called simply The Line, this exciting public art project pans out around a new three mile walk linking the O2 with the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park taking the walker around the Greenwich Peninsula, the Royal Docks and along the River Lea and the canals. You can join anytime along this walk, there’s no enforced start or finish. Besides the stunning views of London juxtaposed with the eerie sensation of being out in nature in the middle of this sprawling metropolis, you will be able to take in art works by a select group of artists such as Martin Creed, Gary Hume, Eduardo Paolozzi and Damien Hirst.
The Line is launching on the 23rd May with an event at Cody Dock, a community-led creative hub on the river Lea, which will feature guided walks, talks, live music, exhibitions, films, a garden party, food stalls and drinks – what fun!
This new initiative will hopefully introduce a fresh audience to this still fairly unexplored part of London while providing the regulars with a different perspective. Taking art out of the rarified air of the gallery or museum gives you a chance to see it interact with a natural surround and allows you to not only look but also touch should you so desire.
The works selected for The Line’s inaugural year were part of an open submission. All works will be on loan for two years and The Line’s intention is to create a permanent outdoor exhibition space where new works are regularly introduced. Another wonderful seemingly effortless sprinkle of fairy magic to further the ambitious regeneration of East London.
The selection panel for the first works included Turner Prize-winning artist Mark Wallinger, Whitechapel Gallery curator Omar Kholeif, art collector and philanthropist Anita Zabludowicz, art critic Richard Cork, co-founder of The Line Megan Piper and local resident Simon Myers who founded Cody Dock – a community-led creative hub on the River Lea.
Through the civic crowdfunding platform Spacehive, The Line successfully crowdfunded over £140,000 last year to initiate the project. Garfield Weston Foundation, R. Todd Ruppert from Ruppert International Inc. and Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners Charitable Foundation also contributed to the project, which is also supported by the Canal & River Trust through its Arts on the Waterways programme.
The Line has four charity partners: the Canal & River Trust, The Legacy List, the House of Fairy Tales and Gasworks Dock Partnership, all of which are establishing education and outreach programmes to ensure it reaches and engages new audiences.
The launch event is at Cody Dock, 11c South Crescent, Canning Town, London E16 4TL on Saturday 23rd May 2015.
Nearest station Star Lane DLR
For more information visit The Line
Words by Anna Bang
Tagsanna bang, Cody Dock, Damien Hirst, Eduardo Paolozzi, Gary Hume, Martin Creed,