The Line is an outdoor sculpture trail that follows the Greenwich Meridian and runs from the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to The 02. It creates an opportunity to explore London’s often ignored waterways and allows the public to enjoy art, nature and heritage for free. It just celebrated its fifth birthday so there’s an excuse to get out and explore it if you haven’t before.
Although the trail route is set, the artworks are regularly refreshed. Current works include Richard Wilson’s A Slice of Reality, a vertical section of an ocean sand dredger; Abigail Fallis’ DNA DL90 made from 22 shopping trolleys in the shape of a double-helix; and Antony Gormley’s huge galvanised steel piece Quantum Cloud. Future works are set to come from Rana Begum, Thomas J Price, Anne Hardy, Larry Achiampong and Yinka Ilori. You can also access an interactive virtual map and check out historic images of life along these waterways, like photos of elephants returning to London’s docks following a touring circus, on The Line Online.