The Line professes that ‘no one journey is the same’, and given that part of the route is temporarily blocked off, and that people are bound to take their own detours, I’m sure this will prove true.[...]
No bank HQ backdrop was afforded to Damien Hirst’s ‘Sensation’ further South - although we need no reminders of the business world with a Hirst - instead Cody Dock stood behind, whose small community included a charming boat cafe and chicken coop. A true hidden gem tucked away and invisible to the general public, this find alone makes The Line worth the trek.
Next was on to Star Lane to catch the DLR to Royal Victoria Dock where a trio of sculptures were waiting by the waters edge: Sterling Ruby’s Consolidator #654321, Martin Creed’s Work 700 and Eduardo Paolozzi’s Cubism-inspired Vulcan. The Emirates Cable cars offered overhead views of all three on the journey across the Thames to North Greenwich, along with Canary Wharf, the O2 and Gormley’s distinctive Quantum Cloud which was to be next attraction.
Just as public curiosity is triggered every time the Fourth Plinth artwork is updated in Trafalgar Square, so too will public intrigue follow the progress of The Line, whether they physically walk it or merely read about it. As East London increasingly develops a character of its own and its potential becomes fully realised, the current works will help navigate through the nature at its heart, acting as way finders along the line marking the starting point of every time zone in the world. If ever an answer to the question ‘can art be used to distinguish place?’ was needed, The Line stands as an answer in itself. And The Angel of the North, the Landseer Lions of Trafalgar Square and The Heavy Horse of Scotland, to name but a few, will be nodding their heads in triumph.