The Line Art Walk has launched a new free digital guide to help explore public art, nature and heritage along the 3 mile route. Available for free Bloomberg Connect app in the Apple Store and google play, the guide offers a dynamic new way to explore the East London Walk.
Bloomberg connects Brings The Line to Life: Audio introductions from the artists on display offer insight into the inspiration behind the works, Bill Nighy’s guide to nature, heritage and architecture at The Line highlights the richness of history and wildlife to discover on the course and mindfulness The guides present The Line as a place to restore balance and concentration to promote well-being.
Megan Piper, co-founder of The Line
Created in 2015, The Line is London’s first public art walk; an exceptional and free open-air art gallery, following the Greenwich meridian line along a route that crosses three of the UK’s most diverse boroughs (Newham, Tower Hamlets and Greenwich). The new digital guide highlights history, nature, and architecture throughout the walk, along with new introductions from artists on display and a specially commissioned mindfulness guide.
- “Walk The Line” with legendary actor Bill Nighy as he takes us on a tour of history, architecture and wildlife at 19 locations along the route; including the hidden stories of rivers, streams, canals, and docks, as well as historic sites such as Trinity Buoy Wharf and Three Mills.
- Hear firsthand from the artists on display and discover the inspiration behind their work, including: Larry Achiampong, Alex Chinneck, Abigail Fallis, Thomas J Price, Antony Gormley, Laura Ford, Thomson & Craighead, Gary Hume and Richard Wilson.
- Take time on The Line to take a break and immerse yourself in the Mindfulness Guide – three guided meditations, specially created by Tessa Watt, author of London in full consciousness – for a deeper connection with your environment and to promote well-being.
Running at just over an hour and a half, the digital guide also comes with a host of visuals, with archival footage generously provided by partners such as the National Portrait Gallery, Getty Images, Royal Museums Greenwich and Newham. Archives – as well as new commissioned photographs. from The Line by local photographer Emily Lovell.
The Line is currently exhibiting monumental sculptures by eleven artists, including the recently installed Thomas J Price Give a hand, which joins that of Joanna Rajkowska The newborn and Abigail Fallis’ DL90 DNA on the River Lea and Antony Gormley’s Quantum cloud and Gary Hume Liberty handle to the Greenwich Peninsula. Other new features for 2020 include the installation of Laura Ford bird boy at the Royal Victoria Dock in the Royal Docks and the extension of the road through Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, to encompass the UK’s largest sculpture, Anish Kapoor’s ArcelorMittal Orbit, and that of Carsten Höller The slide.
In 2020, The Line is celebrating its fifth anniversary with the extension of its route through Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the launch of a new website and, for the first time, site-specific projects, commissions and cultural collaborations. . The Line is also now established as a registered charity and was recently listed in Condé Nast Traveler’s Best Walks in London. In October 2020, The Line received a special mention at the ULI Europe Awards for Excellence. www.the-line.org
Mark Westall is the founder and editor-in-chief of FAD magazine Founder and co-editor of Art of Conversation and founder of the @worldoffad platform
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