The city of London is offering a brand new way to experience it’s East End as a new modern art walk opens, featuring work by the likes of Damien Hirst and Anthony Gormley.
A dozen sculptures have been lowered into place in East London’s Lower Lea Valley, along The Line, a 3-mile walking and cycling trail that runs between Greenwich Peninsula and Stratford. Borough officials hope The Line will attract more people to the places surrounding the walking trail too, like making more use of the Emirates Air Line cable car that crosses the Thames, which offers riders a bird’s eye view of four of the sculptures below.
Why call it The Line?
Curator Carolyn Miner explains that it’s not because of the High Line in New York but rather because the walking trail follows the Meridian Line. The pathway crosses the Greenwich peninsula, crosses the River Thames, follows the River Lea before reaching Olympic Park.
A walk along The Line certainly offers visitors arriving on flights to London an alternative day out, as East London rarely makes it onto the city’s list of top 10 things to see and do. Also noteworthy in the area is the Gasworks/Cody Dock which now features a pop-up garden, thanks to its partnership with the Botanic Gardens at Kew.