Date Published 27 May 2015
East London is famed for being a hub for creatives to revel in their talents. It is a place where groups of artists, writers, photographers and entrepreneurs thrive off of the constant competition and fuel themselves on the ever-present inspiration of the place.
Over the Bank Holiday weekend a little piece of this creativity was brought to life, as a unique ‘art walk` was unveiled showing off sculptures by famous artists such as Damien Hirst and Anthony Gormley. The walk, formally known as The Line, is a three-mile walking and cycling path stretching from the Greenwich Peninsula to Stratford.
A grand opening event took place on Saturday, as crowds of people partook in gorging on free burgers, listening to talks about the featured artwork and walking stretches of the path, all with live music in the form of grammy-nominated singer Scott McFarnon.
The art walks curator, Carolyn Miner, said that, `people ask if it`s called The Line because of New York City`s High Line, but it is because of the Meridian Line.` Just like its influence, the art walk fol-lows a similar path, stretching through the Greenwich Peninsula, over the Thames and bisects the worm-like twists of the River Lea, before reaching its end in the Olympic Park.
Some of the artwork included on the path includes Sterling Ruby`s ‘Consolidator #654321`, a coffin shaped structure of gun-metal red facing up to the sky like a piece of ominous artillery. Martin Creed`s ‘Work 700` is another fine sculpture on the path, an impressive industrial steel I-beam stained a metallic bronze in homage to the dockyards and surrounding areas. Another fine feature is Gary Hume`s ‘Liberty Grip`, depicting two scrawling legs bent over each other in impossible fash-ion.
The art walk is likely to be a big hit for cyclists, walkers, joggers and the like, adding yet another fine outdoor space for Londoners.